Letzte Aktualisierung: March 15, 2022
China's diplomatic balancing act in the Ukraine conflict
By Cora Francisca Jungbluth, Bertelsmann Stiftung
The war between Russia and Ukraine comes at a time that could not be worse for China: The Olympic Winter Games were shadowed by Covid-19 and did not bring a similar soft-power effect as the Summer Games did in 2008. China’s economy is under pressure due to the pandemic, the unsolved problems in the property sector, and the long-known downsides of China’s heavily export-biased growth model. And ahead of this year’s key political event, the 20th Party Congress, China’s leadership needs stability above all – social, political, economic, national, and international stability. Russia’s war, which China plays down by referring to it as the "Ukraine Situation (乌克兰局势)," makes it more difficult to maintain this stability.