Alexander Gabuev on first Xi-Putin meeting since Ukraine invasion

Senior Advisor Alexander Gabuev spoke with the Wall Street Journal about the in-person meeting between China's President Xi Jinping and Russia's President Vladimir Putin, which will be their first since the war in Ukraine began seven months ago. 

Still, Beijing will be watching carefully to see whether the situation at the front lines affects the stability of Mr. Putin’s regime, said Alexander Gabuev, a senior fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. Though Beijing likes Mr. Putin, they wouldn’t actively seek to prop him up, Mr. Gabuev said. “They will watch what happens and then adapt,” Mr. Gabuev said.

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