Ukraine War: US Warns China Not to Support Russia

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    The Facts

    • On Mon, Biden's national security advisor met with a top PRC official in Rome and warned against China providing military or economic support to Russia.

    • On Tues, China reiterated that its position on the Ukraine war was "completely objective, impartial, and constructive." Both China and Russia have denied reports that Moscow requested military equipment from Beijing.

    The Spin

    Pro-establishment narrative

    China has been enabling, cheerleading, and protecting Russia's brutality so far. However, the bite of economic sanctions and a loss of face is making Beijing think twice. The PRC doesn't want to be viewed as a global pariah.

    Pro-China narrative

    China has a vital role on the global stage to help resolve this conflict. From the economy, to energy, to supply chains and humanitarian issues, the whole world has much to lose from this war. China will stand alongside the EU, US, Russia, and NATO to support a safe and stable Europe.

    Anti-China narrative

    There's a major disconnect. China is positioning itself as a neutral peace broker for its international audience, but its domestic and social media messaging is deeply aligned with the Kremlin. PRC and Russian outlets are rampantly amplifying the identical talking points and conspiracy theories. For their massive audiences at home, Xi and Putin are on the same page.

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