I take China’s intervention also to be an indication of which side China would take.
Russia and China share a 3500 mile common border and they have warm ties. China has indicated a willingness to help Russia defeat Western sanctions, which aren’t as likely to inconvenience Russia as they inconvenienced Iran.
“I take Chinas intervention also to be an indication of which side China would take.”
China wants oil, raw materials and dominance in Asia.
If you were China, which side would you take ?