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China's support for Belarus' Lukashenko masks Belt and Road qualms

Embattled strongman undermines his usefulness to Beijing by alienating West

A protester in Minsk on Sept. 13: Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko has used his security forces to withstand two months of demonstrations against his rule. (Photo by David Saveliev)

MOSCOW/MINSK, Belarus -- China's interest in Belarus looks to be cooling despite its warm words for embattled strongman Alexander Lukashenko, who is attempting to withstand unprecedented protests and intense geopolitical pressure.

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