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China clearly gives Putin carte blanche to invade - Soros

According to the financier, Xi Jinping seems to have realized that Putin went nuts.

China clearly gives Putin carte blanche to invade - Soros

Oleh Bazar, chief editor

Russia's attack on Ukraine was preceded by a long meeting between Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chinese President Xi Jinping, during which the Chinese leader gave Putin carte blanche to invade.

Financier George Soros wrote about this in his column on Project Syndicate.

"After the meeting, Putin and Xi released a carefully prepared five-thousand-word document announcing a close partnership between the two countries. This document is stronger than any agreement and required detailed negotiations in advance, he said. "I was surprised that Xi was clearly giving Putin carte blanche to invade and wage war against Ukraine."

According to George Soros, with the support of Xi, Putin began to realize the dream of his life with incredible rigidity.

"Putin will soon be 70 years old, and he feels that if he wants to leave a mark in Russian history, he must act now or never," he said. - However, he has a distorted concept of Russia's role in the world. Apparently, he believes that the Russian people need a king whom they will blindly follow."

According to George Soros, Putin came up with an idea-fix, he clearly lost touch with reality.

“He no doubt made a mistake in assessing the situation in Ukraine. He expected Russian-speaking Ukrainians to greet Russian soldiers with open arms, but it turned out that they were no different from Ukrainian-speaking ones. The Ukrainians organized an incredibly brave resistance to a stronger enemy, he wrote. Meanwhile, Xi seems to have realized that Putin went nuts. On March 8, after Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said that China-Russia friendship remained "strong as stone," Xi called French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Olaf Scholz and said he supported their peacekeeping efforts.”

However, according to George Soros, there is no guarantee that Putin will make concessions to the wishes of Xi.

It should be noted that on March 10, China for the first time called the full-scale invasion of Russia a war - before that, the country's officials used the term "military operation".

"We hope that the fighting and the war will end as soon as possible," Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi told in a video conference with French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian, urging Ukraine and Russia to take more measures to prevent escalation.

According to CIA Director William Burns, the Chinese government is concerned about "the damage to Beijing's reputation due to the association with the ugliness of Russian aggression in Ukraine" and the economic consequences, while "China's growth rate is lower than in the previous 30 years."

According to The New York Times, representatives of President Biden's administration have been asking the Chinese to persuade Russia to abandon the invasion for three months, but were refused.

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