Russia faces isolation on the world stage over its invasion of Ukraine. But it does have one powerful friend: China. Xi Jinping has avoided criticising Vladimir Putin over the war. Now he faces a historic choice. Will he double down on the relationship, even providing Russia with military aid? The US says he might. For leading China expert Bonnie Glaser, this is a “pivotal moment” – where Xi Jinping must choose between two fundamentally different paths for the world. In a special interview, leading Glaser explains the implications, what Xi’s calculations will be, and how the rest of the world can influence his decisions.

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