Very interesting commentary from a senior Chinese scholar. Is it possible to give a link to the original article (I am assuming it is in Chinese)? The link for Feng Yujun does not work.

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Might this be an example of freedoms in China that challenges prior beliefs (in the West) about China? Whereas the West seems to be falling into authoritarianism, even to the point of banning Russians from participating in sports!

Also interesting that the Western media has gone silent about Seymour Hersh's claims about US being responsible for the attacks on Nordstream. Perhaps you could tell us what Chinese experts think about both (i) the Nordstream attack itself and who might be responsible, and (ii) how the Western media is covering this issue. Thanks!

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I think Russia has been more reactive and developed a siege mentality because of US aggression. Russias' attempt at 'westernising' and being rebuffed contributed to its' retreat into orthodoxy. Russia has always had to keep an eye on its' borders for invaders after seeking resources. I think there are valid points in this piece but giving Russia too much agency, the kind that made Russiagate seem feasible

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Fascinating POV.

I suspect that Putin would agree, but argue that the Church offered at least a fig leaf of legitimacy, conservative support, and photo ops.

I know that Russia is also involved in a more in-depth examination of its cultural values and aspirations, and we'll see the results first in the elite universities.

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"I am surprised that Feng and his co-author Wen Longjie’s particularly overt discrediting of Putinism, Russian propaganda and Moscow’s foreign policy was actually allowed to be published”.

You might well be surprised if the Dean of the Kennedy School of Foreign Policy wrote an article discrediting Zelenzky, British war propaganda, and US foreign policy.

Major issues like this are usually thrashed out in public.

Justin Lin Yifu defended China's economic system against an Oxford economist's charge that it is little more than warmed-over Stalinism – live, on CCTV, to an audience of 23 million.

The beauty of China's censorship policy is its open, public nature, with rules, and rule-makers who explain their decisions when challenged. We should be so lucky.

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