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Opinion

Ukraine crisis a warning for Asian nations fearful of China's rise

The West may not be the reliable military partner that many hope

| Russia & Caucasus
Ukrainian soldiers build a bunker on the front line in Zolote on Dec. 12: it is clear that the West had no appetite to use its military capabilities to deter Russian aggression.   © Getty Images

William Bratton is author of "China's Rise, Asia's Decline." He was previously head of equity research, Asia-Pacific, at HSBC.

Recent years have provided numerous examples of the contracting limits of the West's power and influence. But the current tensions between Russia and Ukraine represent the biggest test of how Western countries will respond to attempts to roll back their influence by revanchist states.

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