The New York Times reports from a western intelligence report that senior Chinese officials told Russian officials in early February to delay their invasion of Ukraine until after the Winter Olympics, hosted in Beijing, China. The Times article suggests that the Chinese officials had some prior knowledge of Russia’s plan to attack Ukraine. Before the opening ceremony of the Winter Olympics in Beijing on February 4th, almost a month ago, Russian leader President Vladimir Putin met with China’s leader, President Xi Jinping. There, they issue a statement declaring their partnership has “no limits.”
With the 2022 New York gubernatorial election coming up later this year, several candidates are vying for the governor position. On the Democratic side, US Representative Thomas Suozzi and New York City Public Advocate Jumaane Williams have announced their gubernatorial candidacies. For the Republicans, US Representative Lee Zeldin of Long Island, Andrew Giuliani of the Trump administration, and Rob Astorino of Westchester County have also launched gubernatorial bids.