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Ukraine conflict shines light on deepening ties between Beijing and Moscow

By Kathrin Hille in Taipei and Leo Lewis in Tokyo

30 Jan 2022 · 4 min read

US and European warnings that Russia is about to invade Ukraine may spur fear in the west but in China the spectre of war has triggered a different reaction.

The Ukraine crisis “will be a historic opportunity for us to solve the Taiwan problem”, said a Chinese nationalist blogger known as Huashan Qiong Jian last week. The events were a huge drain on the energy of the US and had diverted Washington’s attention away from China, the commentator wrote. “War in Ukraine will be a historical window for the unification of the motherland which we must not miss.”

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