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China State-Backed Expo Pulls Ukraine Trade Event at Last Minute

  • Ukrainian diplomat says cancellation sends bad signal
  • China has shown Moscow support since war despite neutral claim
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A Chinese state-backed trade expo abruptly canceled an event hosted by Ukraine touting the war-torn nation’s investment opportunities, according to a Ukrainian diplomat, a move that could fuel concern Beijing is tacitly backing Moscow in the conflict.

The forum had been scheduled to take place Monday at the China International Fair for Trade in Services, according to the diplomat, who asked not to be identified because he isn’t authorized to discuss the issue publicly. The fair ran from Aug. 31 to Sept. 5.