China ‘must play a responsible role’ in Russia-Ukraine conflict

Sky News presenter Chris Kenny says Russian President Vladimir Putin’s recent defensive actions and the threat of nuclear warfare in the conflict in Ukraine are “deeply disturbing”.

“One thing we’ve learned about world leaders, especially autocrats and despots, is to believe their threats, they often follow through on their threats, no matter how crazy they sound,” he said.

“Just as Putin pushes through his threats to invade Ukraine, we must take Beijing’s saber-rattling over Taiwan seriously, and this also underscores why the free world must be very calm but cautious about the Russian president’s latest overtures.”

Kenny said Secretary of State Penny Wong met with her Chinese counterpart at the United Nations with the aim of “putting pressure on China over the situation in Ukraine”.

“Yes, China needs to play a responsible role here, its pressure on Russia could be crucial – but the West cannot afford to trust Beijing to be a responsible global citizen,” he said.

“Standing up for what’s right is always important, but predicting the behavior of nuclear-armed despots in East Asia and Eastern Europe is a fraught business.”

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