Under mounting pressure from Western sanctions, Belarusian leader Alexander Lukashenko has turned to his “ironclad friend” China for support.While Beijing has welcomed Minsk’s overtures, some diplomatic observers have warned that China should be cautious about getting too close.Belarus opposition leader Sergei Tikhanovsky jailed for 18 yearsLukashenko, who has been in power since 1994 and is often described as “Europe’s last dictator”, signed a presidential order on December 3, saying the…

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