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China keeps rejecting Putin’s requests for economic support

The “no limits” partnership that was announced in February appears to have found a limit.China’s stubbornness may help explain why Putin has been so determined to seize Sievierodonetsk despite the fact that it’s not hugely strategically important. He doesn’t just want a victory to show off to his constituents, he wants a victory to show off to his new banker. Progress on the ground after three months of flailing might unlock Chinese economic support. Xi Jinping wouldn’t want to pour money into a losing effort at the hands of the west, but a winning effort…

Putin shouldn’t get his hopes up, though. The main impediment to Chinese support for Russia isn’t the state of the battlefield, it’s the state of the Chinese economy and the reality of western sanctions.
Moscow has on at least two occasions pressed Beijing to offer new forms of economic support — exchanges that one Chinese official described as “tense.” The officials familiar with the talks spoke on the condition of anonymity because of the matter’s sensitivity…
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