糟糕的乌克兰战争

这是西方人士写的一篇评论,原标题 “China's Bad Ukraine War”,明明是俄乌之争,却意图将中国牵扯进来。按照其逻辑,应该是以美英为首的整个北约的 bad Ukraine war 才是。

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has reason to regret [cozying up to] sb.
有理由后悔讨好sb.

Speculation [is rampant over] whether Mr. Putin warned his Chinese counterpart an invasion was imminent.
关于普京是否警告中国外长入侵即将发生的猜测甚嚣尘上。
speculation [ˌspekjuˈleɪʃn] 投机买卖;猜测;推测;
rampant [ˈræmpənt] 泛滥的;猖獗的;疯长的
imminent [ˈɪmɪnənt] 迫在眉睫的;即将发生的;

(Either way), Beijing didn't [evacuate its embassy or the Chinese citizens] (now struggling to escape the tanks and bombs).
不管怎样,北京都没有疏散大使馆,也没有疏散正在努力逃离普京坦克和炸弹的中国公民。 either way 不管怎样
evacuate

This exacerbates Mr. Xi's deeper diplomatic dilemma.
这加剧了习近平更深层次的外交困境。
exacerbate [ɪɡˈzæsərbeɪt] vt 加剧,恶化;

But Chinese companies may [have no choice but to] [comply with] the Western sanctions anyway.
但无论如何,中国企业可能别无选择,只能遵守西方的制裁。

This [is especially true of] Chinese banks, which this week found they may need to [cut off some business with Russian counterparties] to maintain their access to (the far more important) dollar and euro financial systems.
中资银行尤其如此。本周,中资银行发现,它们可能需要切断与俄罗斯交易对手的一些业务,以保持对更重要的美元和欧元金融系统的访问。

In Japan, former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on the weekend became the most senior politician ever to [call for Japan to host] American nuclear weapons (on its soil).
在日本,前首相安倍晋三上周末成为有史以来呼吁日本在其领土上拥有美国核武器的最高级别政治家。
remain a staunch pacifist forever (日本)永远保持坚定的和平主义者
Comments: 1. 在乌克兰的战争怎么就导致安倍由此想法? 2. 日本什么时候是非战主义者了? 由此可见,掌握话语权的西方媒体,一本正经地胡说八道。

President Biden this week [dispatched (a delegation of) former defense officials to Taiwan to demonstrate] American support for the island, (a major irritant for) Beijing.
拜登总统本周派遣了一个由前国防官员组成的代表团前往台湾,以表明美国对该岛的支持,这深深刺激了北京政府。 dispatch sb to sp to do a major irritant for [ˈɪrɪtənt] 令人烦恼的事物;刺激物;

One lesson the West should learn from events in Ukraine is the importance of selling defensive weapons early and often to endangered smaller partners. 西方应该从乌克兰的事件中吸取的一个教训是,尽早出售防御性武器并且且往往是向濒危的较小伙伴出售的重要性。

Singapore [took the unusual step of imposing sanctions on Russia] (without a•U.N. Security Council resolution in place)-the first time the city-state has done so since the 1970s.
在没有联合国安理会决议的情况下,新加坡采取了不同寻常的步骤对俄罗斯实施制裁,这是这个城市国家自20世纪70年代以来首次这样做。

It [is all too easy for a small country to] [be caught up in] (the geopolitical games of big powers.)
一个小国很容易陷入大国的地缘政治游戏。

A full European diplomatic and commercial shift against China will [take time], if it happens, but some effects already are being felt.
如果真的发生,欧洲针对中国的全面外交和商业转变将需要时间,但已经感受到了一些影响。

The sanctions triggered by Mr. Putin's warmongering threaten to halt traffic on the railway from China to Europe-a centerpiece of Beijing's economic diplomacy with Eastern European countries such as Poland.
普京煽动战争引发的制裁可能会停止从中国到欧洲的铁路交通——这是北京与波兰等东欧国家经济外交的核心。
有一说一,“一带一路”在欧洲的施行,必然遭受了打击。

原文

China's Bad Ukraine War Xi Jinping has reason to regret cozying up to Vladimir Putin. March 3, 2022 6:44 pm ET Friday marks a month since Chinese President Xi ]inping and Russian strongman Vladimir.Putin signed a declaration that there are "no limits" to their friendship. Pardon Mr. Xi if he's already concluding that with friends like this he doesn't need enemies. Little about Mr. Putin's invasion of Ukraine is going right for Beijing. One of the bigger disasters so far concerns the fate of Chinese citizens in Ukraine.

Speculation is rampant over whether Mr. Putin warned his Chinese counterpart an invasion was imminent. Either way, Beijing didn't evacuate its embassy or the Chinese citizens now struggling to escape Mr. Putin's tanks and bombs. This exacerbates Mr. Xi's deeper diplomatic dilemma. Having positioned himself as Mr. Putin's closest friend, the Chinese leader now is under immense pressure from the rest of the world to talk Mr. Putin out of the war. If he can't do so, and signs so far aren't encouraging, it will highlight the limits of last month's strategic alignment.

The Ukraine war is exposing other limits to Chinese power. Beijing has refused to impose financial or other sanctions of the sort Western governments have placed on Russia. But Chinese companies may have no choice but to comply with the Western sanctions anyway. This is especially true of Chinese banks, which this week found they may need to cut off some business with Russian counterparties to maintain their access to the far more important dollar and euro financial systems.

Outside of China, the Ukraine invasion appears to be triggering a marked change in attitudes toward security in Asia and Europe. In Japan, former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on the weekend became the most senior politician ever to call for Japan to host American nuclear weapons on its soil. Such a move remains in the future, but Beijing would prefer that Japan remain a staunch pacifist forever. It may be too late for that as the war in Ukraine focuses Asian minds on the security of Taiwan.

President Biden this week dispatched a delegation of former defense officials to Taiwan to demonstrate American support for the island, a major irritant for Beijing. One lesson the West should learn from events in Ukraine is the importance of selling defensive weapons early and often to endangered smaller partners. Mr. Xi's pal in the Kremlin may trigger a new round of weapons sales to Taipei.

Singapore took the unusual step of imposing sanctions on Russia without a•U.N. Security Council resolution in place-the first time the city-state has done so since the 1970s. Memo to Beijing: "It is all too easy for a small country to be caught up in the geopolitical games of big powers," Foreign Minister Vivian Balakrishnan said. ”“Small countries must avoid becoming sacrificial pawns, vassal states or ‘cat's paws’ to be used by one side against the other.”

In Europe Mr. Xi's warm statement of friendship with Mr. Putin has left the Chinese leader in the crossfire as European leaders take aim at the Kremlin. The timing couldn't be worse, as the Ukraine conflict now may dominate a China-European Union summit scheduled for April 1 that was supposed to make progress toward a stalled bilateral investment deal. A full European diplomatic and commercial shift against China will take time, if it happens, but some effects already are being felt. The sanctions triggered by Mr. Putin's warmongering threaten to halt traffic on the railway from China to Europe-a centerpiece of Beijing's economic diplomacy with Eastern European countries such as Poland.

It's common outside of China to assume that the Communist Party regime plays multidimensional chess while the rest of the world plays checkers. Perhaps not this time, where what was supposed to be a major strategic friendship is hurting Mr. Xi's interests barely a month after the ink dried.