The Daily Telegraph

Russia and China

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SIR – Juliet Samuel (Comment, September 17) says Xi Jinping is concerned about events in Ukraine.

I know from my dealings with senior Chinese officials that they regard wars as unpredicta­ble, and believe that world domination can be achieved by other means. Vladimir Putin told Xi that the “special operation” in Ukraine would succeed in days. Its failure to do so reinforces the Chinese view.

I also agree about the threat China poses to Russia, which has only ever been defeated and fully occupied from the East. The Chinese desire to expand will grow. Putin should be very afraid. Admiral Lord West of Spithead (Lab) London SW1

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