Is China’s economic future really tied to the West?

Vladimir Putin and Xi Jinping

President Joe Biden said he is “hopeful” that Chinese President Xi Jinping will not assist Russia in its war against Ukraine but declined to say whether he’s seen any indications that China will intervene.

“China understands that its economic future is much more closely tied to the west than it is to Russia,” Biden said. “And so I’m hopeful that he does not get engaged.”

Biden pointed to his virtual meeting last week with Xi in which the president said he “made it clear to him” him that he understand the consequences and would be “putting himself in significant jeopardy.”

Biden said he “made no threats,” to Xi but pointed out the number of American companies that have pulled out of Russia as a result of Putin’s “barbaric behavior.”