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China will gain little from backing Moscow on Ukraine

Russian invasion unlikely to help Beijing grab Taiwan

Chinese President Xi Jinping and Russian President Vladimir Putin meet in Moscow in June 2019. China now has shown support for Russia over the Ukraine issue, but experts say an invasion would bring little benefit to Beijing.   © AP

TOKYO -- What is Vladimir Putin's next move?

When the Russian leader met with Chinese President Xi Jinping ahead of the Winter Olympics opening ceremony last Friday, he found strong support for his stance on opposing the expansion of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization in Eastern Europe. But Washington and its European allies have already rejected such demands, firing up tensions between NATO countries and Moscow.

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