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Opinion

China's long game has just gotten a lot harder

Putin's war against Ukraine has upended key assumptions

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Vladimir Putin talks with Xi Jinping via video link in December 2021: China wants to reassure Moscow of its support without appearing to do so to the rest of the world. (Handout photo from Kremlin Press Office)   © Reuters

Minxin Pei is professor of government at Claremont McKenna College and a nonresident senior fellow of the German Marshall Fund of the United States.

Before Russia invaded Ukraine, Beijing had assumed that time was on its side.

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