Benjamin Ho

Assistant Professor, China Programme, S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS)

Benjamin Ho is Assistant Professor at the China Programme, S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS), Singapore. He obtained his PhD from the Department of International Relations at the London School of Economics and Political Science, UK. His research focus includes the study of China’s international relations, with an emphasis on Chinese political worldview and exceptionalism thinking. Other research interests include security multilateralism in the Asia Pacific region with a focus on regional institutions and fora, national security (intelligence), the sociology of religion and public theology (Christianity).

People stand in front of a destroyed shoe factory in the aftermath of a missile attack, amid Russia's invasion, in Dnipro, Ukraine, 12 March 2022. (Mykola Synelnikov/Reuters)

Why a truce between Moscow and Kyiv would be the best outcome for Beijing

Putin’s audacious invasion of Ukraine has led to speculations that Beijing is now having second thoughts about its relationship with Moscow. Given the uncertainty of how the conflict would play out, it is unlikely — short of a challenge to the legitimacy of the Chinese Communist Party — that Beijing would make a sudden move to destabilise its relationship with Russia. RSIS academic Benjamin Ho looks at the complexities of the situation.