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Newsline: China’s ex-ambassador predicted military defeat for Russia in Ukraine

China’s ex-ambassador Gao Yusheng predicted military defeat for Russia in Ukraine and claimed the country’s revival under Putin was “false”. In comments first published on the website of Phoenix News, he said: “The so-called revival or revitalization of Russia under Putin’s leadership is false; it simply does not exist. “Russia’s decline is evident in its economic, military, technological, political, and social spheres, and has had a serious negative impact on the Russian military and its war effort.” The former diplomat added: “The failure of the Russian blitzkrieg and the failure to achieve a quick victory signalled the beginning of the Russian defeat.” He also argued that Russia had lost “its strategic leadership and initiative” and could no longer decide “when and how” the war will end. (https://www.msn.com/en-gb/news/world/china-humiliates-putin-as-ex-official-says-only-matter-of-time-before-russian-defeat/ar-AAXiv4F) The remarks will come as a major embarrassment and blow to Russia’s leader, who has carefully been courting Beijing’s support for his military adventurism in Ukraine. Gao Yusheng served as an ambassador to Ukraine for his country from 2005 until 2007 and is still regarded as an influential thinker on foreign affairs. Although he may not be able to directly influence China’s leaders, the former ambassador is still believed to be highly respected by academics at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS). CASS is an important think tank for the Communist Party and government.

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