Ian Williams Ian Williams

Even Xi is unimpressed with Putin’s bungling autocracy

Xi and Putin in Uzbekistan (Credit: Getty images)

To say that Vladimir Putin is giving autocracy a bad name is rather to state the obvious. But it now appears to have dawned even on his ‘old friend’ Xi Jinping that Russian incompetence and cruelty in Ukraine is undermining their joint ambition to re-write the international order.

Putin’s admission that Beijing might have ‘concerns’ about his bungled war was cryptic but striking.

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Ian Williams
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Ian Williams
Ian Williams is a former foreign correspondent for Channel 4 News and NBC, and author of The Fire of the Dragon: China’s New Cold War (Birlinn).

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