Government officials in China are stuck in between a rock and a hard place when it comes to the crisis in Ukraine. It would be reasonable to think that China would sympathize with Putin and his actions involving Ukraine, but China has also been a strong in opposing actions that interfere with other countries’ internal affairs.
For now, Chinese officials have been very vague as to where their support lies. Official spokesman Qin Gang elaborated on China’s position, saying, “China upholds its own diplomatic principles and the basic codes for international relations, which have also been implied on the Ukraine issue. Meanwhile, we have also taken the historical and contemporary factors of the Ukraine issue into consideration”. The Chinese may not have publicly stated that they support Putin, but with China sitting on the United Nations Security Council, their true opinion may be heard shortly.