One military expert says that China is walking a “very slender path” in terms of how it’s approaching Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, and is predicting it will be very difficult for the country to stay neutral in the conflict.
Since the beginning of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s decision to wage war against Ukraine, Chinese government officials have attempted to make the appearance that they are understanding of each side and haven’t taken a hard stance.
China’s Ambassador to Ukraine, Fan Xiangong, told officials in Lviv on March 14 that the country has the “sovereign right of every nation.”
“We will always respect your state, we will develop relations on the basis of equality and mutual benefit. We will respect the path chosen by Ukrainians, because this is the sovereign right of every nation,” Xiangong said, according to the Lviv regional government.
Xiangong added that “we will act responsibly” in the “situation” which Ukraine is facing.
“In this situation, which you have now, we will act responsibly. We have seen how great the unity of the Ukrainian people is, and that means its strength,” Fan said.
However, weeks before Xiangong’s comments in Liviv, Chinese President Xi Jinping offered his “support” for Putin amid Russian troops beginning their war against Ukraine.
Xi said that it’s important to reject a “Cold War mentality” and said he takes “seriously and respect[s] the reasonable security concerns of all countries.”
Jake Sullivan, President Biden’s national security advisor said on March 13 that China would “absolutely” face consequences if it economically supports the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
Seth Cropsey, founder and president of the Yorktown Institute, former naval officer, and former Deputy Undersecretary of the Navy told Fox News Digital that China is walking a “very slender path” that will continue to shrink.
“They’re walking a very slender path, and on either side of the precipice, they’re walking a ridge with steep sides and the ridge is getting narrower. And as the war continues, it will become like a razor,” Cropsey said.
He added that China is in an “uncomfortable position” and is not experienced in international mediation.
This is an excerpt from Fox News.
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