Vladimir Putin and Xi Jinping (Photo by Alexei DruzhininTASS via Getty Images)
After Russia invaded Ukraine, China had a unique opportunity to become the world’s leading superpower by taking the lead in denouncing Russia and brokering peace. The failure to seize this moment speaks volumes about the intentions and mindset of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP). The Peace Scenario Imagine the following scenario: Russian President Vladimir Putin wants to invade Ukraine and asks his closest ally, Chinese President Xi Jinping, for moral support. Xi responds that if he does this, China will cease all trade, including purchasing gas, which is so important for Russia. If Putin ignores the warning and invades anyway, China publicly denounces Russia as a rogue state and demands international sanctions.
Not only would this action likely prevent an invasion, but it would also propel China onto the world stage as a peacemaker and prime mover of world politics. Xi would get a...
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