There's been some quite bizarre speculation about China in relation to the Ukraine, some of it speculating that in time, and representing a kind of karmic justice, an unstoppable flow of Chinese peasants will occupy Eastern Siberia followed by the PLA, so what do you think of that Mr Putin, huh? Now, hot off the presses, China's position on Ukraine:
“China has always upheld the principles of diplomacy and the fundamental norms of international relations,” he said.
“At the same time we also take into consideration the history and the current complexities of the Ukrainian issue. It could be said that China’s position is to both maintain principles while also seeking to be realistic.”
uuuh, yeah. OK. China always opposes intervention, domestic turmoil etc. China also always welcomes whatever governments arise out of intervention, domestic turmoil etc. As yet, there are two sets of semi-facts on the ground, in Kiev and Crimea, so Beijing is kind of stuck. It reminds me a bit of Beijing's actual position on Iraq: don't even think about doing this, but for Christ's sake do it properly. What complicates things more here is that the message is directed both at Russia and Ukraine and its various backers.