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A Xi-Putin handshake at the Beijing Winter Olympics would serve as a reminder of the link between the Taiwan and Ukraine issues. (Nikkei montage/Reuters/AP)
China up close

Analysis: Ukraine creates danger for Taiwan, Olympic truce or no

As the U.S. focuses on Europe, China sees a host of options for fait accompli

KATSUJI NAKAZAWA, Nikkei senior staff writer | China

Katsuji Nakazawa is a Tokyo-based senior staff writer and editorial writer at Nikkei. He spent seven years in China as a correspondent and later as China bureau chief. He was the 2014 recipient of the Vaughn-Ueda International Journalist prize.

On the very day that Russian leader Vladimir Putin attended the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games in Beijing's National Stadium, known as the "Bird's Nest," Russian troops crossed the border to launch a military operation.

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