UKRAINE, BELARUS, and the FAR EAST: China Leans Toward Ukraine

WHEN THE SOVIET UNION DISSOLVED, the People’s Republic of China quickly recognized the independent status of the former Soviet republics and established diplomatic relations with them. While its immediate neighbors – Russia and the Central Asian republics – were a priority, Beijing did not neglect the western republics. For China, those countries were only of limited economic importance but were geopolitically significant.