Watch the fires burning across the river
Autocrats make blunders. Xi has made some, and Putin … well, ok. But Xi is not the isolated single decider that Putin appears to be. And China seems well-positioned to benefit from the Ukraine fiasco, regardless of outcome, if China simply keeps its head down, as best it can.
So why the unswerving support for Putin? What can the strategy be? Is it just autocrat bromance? You and me against the world?