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China's online pro-Putin fest drowns out anti-war sentiment

Nationalist netizens seem to have free rein; experts paint more nuanced picture

Russian President Vladimir Putin at the Beijing Olympics in February: On social media, some Chinese users are calling him "the Great Emperor."   © Reuters

NEW YORK -- China's government is walking a fine line on Russia's invasion of Ukraine, stopping short of condemning Moscow but repeatedly calling for peace talks. A quick scroll through Chinese social media in recent days would suggest the public is much more pro-Russia than the official narrative.

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