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Vladimir Putin has been in office as Russia's president or prime minister for more than two decades.

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Le Yucheng, the deputy foreign minister and Russia expert, has been shunted aside as Beijing’s relationship with Moscow faces increasing scrutiny.
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Weapons shipments by the West to Kyiv will prolong the bloodshed, and Beijing is right to advocate a diplomatic solution to the conflict.
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Vladimir Putin and Mohammed bin Salman are responsible for wars – Ukraine and Yemen respectively – that have displaced millions and killed tens of thousands. As the United States castigates the one, it is making nice with the other. How does Washington choose?
SCMP ColumnistAlex Lo
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While the goal of enforcing sanctions is to stop the war, confiscating billionaires’ expensive baubles will not stop bloodshed. At the very least, this episode will be evidence of how difficult it will be to reclaim ill-gotten wealth and stop tax avoidance once the war ends.
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Americans’ support for Ukraine and Nato’s revival have put Republican champions of Putin’s nationalist agenda on the losing side of an ideological war. As they attempt to cover their tracks, expect more misinformation and anti-China rhetoric.
SCMP ColumnistRobert Delaney
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While the US and its allies are united in supporting Ukraine’s fight against Russian authoritarianism, cracks below the surface are spreading. Right-wing attacks on minority groups such as the passing of Florida’s ‘Don’t Say Gay’ bill are a sobering reminder that democracy must be fought for at home too.
SCMP ColumnistRobert Delaney
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It is one thing to impose sanctions against Putin and his enablers, quite another when ordinary Russians are penalised through no fault of their own.
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The Ukraine war and pandemic have hardened the consensus on the need for economic decoupling and deglobalisation. In a world split into the US and China blocs, however, Western multinationals, small companies and millions of consumers would all pay a hefty price.
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While Russia’s invasion of Ukraine bogs down, one of Vladimir Putin’s most ardent supporters is also showing signs of weakness. Recent developments suggest a waning appetite among Republicans to keep standing with Donald Trump.
SCMP ColumnistRobert Delaney
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From the heyday of the British Empire to the present, sea powers have set the global order and land powers have contested it. While China has traditionally been a continental power, its capabilities at sea have grown in recent years. Choosing to side with Russia would be a step backwards into the land power paradigm.
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The US is convinced that Russia will be politically and economically impotent, European nations will return to their place under America’s wing, and the threat of sanctions will keep China in line. But what if both Russia and China call the US’ bluff?
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China has a huge vested interest in global stability which ensures its people’s prosperity. While Beijing clearly needs to keep relations with Moscow on an even keel, it will not risk attracting economic warfare from the West.
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