tirsdag 1. mars 2022

China Was Woefully Unprepared for the Russia-Ukraine War

While countries around the world warned their citizens to avoid traveling to Ukraine before the imminent military conflict, China did not take significant actions until the day Russia started its invasion. Instead, it downplayed the potential for conflict and thus missed the chance to safely evacuate Chinese citizens.

The information posted by the Chinese Embassy to Ukraine showed that the Chinese diplomatic mission changed its stance on the security crisis three times in less than a week. Initially recognizing the Russia-Ukraine war as a regional conflict, the Chinese embassy in Ukraine later encouraged Chinese citizens to put up Chinese flag stickers on their cars to help ensure their safety. But the embassy changed its tone in less than 48 hours and urged Chinese citizens not to reveal their identities due to security concerns.