Behind China’s Warning Against a Russian Invasion Is a Desire to Protect Ties With the US

China’s more explicit warnings in recent days against a Russian invasion of Ukraine show how Beijing is walking a tightrope, trying to build up a partnership with the Kremlin while preventing its relationship with Washington from becoming outright hostile.

A shared interest in confronting the US has driven the China-Russia relationship to its closest point since the early years of the Cold War seven decades ago.

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