As we watch Russian President Vladimir Putin use the military to invade Ukraine for no reason other than cold lust for power, we can’t help but be reminded of Chinese President Xi Jinping using his country’s military to crack down on Hong Kong and Taiwan. In both cases, authoritarian tyrants are terrorizing innocent civilians and threatening their lives.
But maybe drawing such a comparison between Russia and China isn’t quite fair. Maybe there are subtle nuances that distinguish the two governments. It’s important that we consider that possibility before passing judgment on China.
For example, according to state-run China Xinhua News, the Chinese government is putting their money where their notoriously humanitarian mouth is: