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From War to Woo: China’s Charm Offensive in Ukraine Unveiled!

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Over the past year, world have tried to get China’s help to end the Ukraine war. China has recently launched an assertive charm offensive, with the goal to position itself as a global peacemaker, wooing South East Asia, Africa and South America while preaching an alternative vision to a US-led world order. In addition, China is trying to send a clear message to the US and to signal that it has other options than the US to turn to. China may also be testing the waters to see if it can lure some European countries into its orbit. Beijing sees a logical convergence of interests with European countries such as France, Germany, Italy and Hungary, whose leaders take less of a hardline stance on Russia. However, China’s true motives are viewed with greater distrust by America’s staunchest allies.

There are three goals behind China’s charm offensive. Firstly, it aims to position itself as a global peacemaker. Secondly, it seeks to send a clear message to the US. Finally, it aims to test the waters to see if it can lure some European countries into its orbit. However, its true motives are viewed with greater distrust by America’s staunchest allies. China’s move could be seen as a signal to Washington that it has other options to turn to.

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