Ukraine crisis throws China…

“Collective leadership may be making a comeback due to the Ukraine issue,” a Chinese source said.

Since becoming China’s top leader in 2012, Xi Jinping has been gradually dismantling a collective leadership system that was put in place by former leader Deng Xiaoping to prevent another one-man rule like under Mao Zedong.

It is safe to assume that a diversity of opinion remains among China’s top leaders over Ukraine. It is even likely that some standing committee members are questioning whether it is wise to stick to the current position of siding with Putin.