China Is On China's Side

While there are undoubtedly aspects of the NATO sanctions against Russia that create opportunities for China, one should not conflate alliance with opportunism.

China even acknowledges they are not jumping in on either side.

Zhao said that when it came to Ukraine, Beijing would not be forced to “choose a side or adopt a simplistic friend-or-foe approach. We should, in particular, resist the Cold War thinking and bloc confrontation.”

In true propagandistic form, the Associated Press makes the sophomoric syllogism that if China is not against Russia, then China is for Russia:

China says it is not taking sides in the conflict but it has declared a “no limits” partnership with Russia and refuses to condemn the invasion. Beijing routinely amplifies Russian disinformation about the conflict, and does not refer to it as an invasion or a war in keeping with Russian practice.

Lost in the rhetoric is the geopolitical reality that China is a rival to the United States. The notion that Beijing would overlook that to join an anti-Russia sanctions scheme is simply naive.

In the meantime, the reality remains that the ruble only fully recovered against the yuan after Putin launched his confidence-building gold buying program.

The media is overstating the extent of China's “support” for Russia in this war.

China prioritizes nobody's interests but its own.