A much-ignored huge news report from Reuters on Friday, February 27th, was headlined "Chinese diplomat tells West to consider Russia's security concerns over Ukraine."
China's Ambassador to Belgium (which has the capital
of the EU) said that the "nature and root cause" of the Ukrainian conflict is "the West," and that "The West should abandon the zero-sum mentality, and take the real security concerns of Russia into consideration."
By "real security concerns," he is clearly referring to NATO's expansion right up to Russia's border, and America's surrounding Russia with U.S. military bases, now increasingly including the most strategic of Russia's bordering countries: Ukraine.
In other words, this diplomat says: "the West" has a "zero-sum" attitude toward Russia, instead of seeking to move forward with an approach in which neither side among the nuclear superpowers benefits at the other's expense — the entire world moves forward together.
This is a direct criticism of Barack Obama, and of all of the pro-Obama, anti-Putin, EU leaders.
It's also an implicit repudiation of Obama's having repeatedly referred to the U.S. as "the one indispensable nation."
(Another example of that phrase is here
.) Obama keeps saying: every other nation, except the U.S., is "dispensable." He clearly thinks that Russia is.
That's not merely an insult: it's an act of provocation; it is virtually asking for a fight. And all for what? For whose nuclear char?