Did China Tell Putin not to Invade Ukraine until the Beijing Olympics had finished?

The New York Times cited several senior Biden administration officials and one European official reporting that senior Chinese officials told top Russian officials in early February not to attack Ukraine before the end of the Beijing Winter Olympics.

The intelligence report noted that senior Chinese officials had a degree of knowledge of Russian war plans or intentions before Russia launched its invasion of Ukraine.

Russian President Vladimir Putin had a meeting with Chinese Communist Party leader Xi Jinping in Beijing before the start of the Winter Olympics on Feb. 4.

On the same day, Moscow and Beijing issued a 5,000-word joint statement declaring that their partnership had “no limits”.

Putin ordered more Russian troops to be stationed in the separatist-held regions of eastern Ukraine on Feb. 21, just before the closing ceremony of the Beijing Winter Olympics.

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