S. Wagstyl, C. Clover, G. Dyer, Financial Times | August 29, 2008
President Medvedev was unable to achieve the explicit support of the Chinese president for Russia's intervention in the Caucasus at the latest Central Asian summit. ++ China has not only avoided any anti-western statements so far, it is also concerned about an upcoming trend of separation which may spill over to its own ethnically diverse provinces. ++ Beijing has kept a low-profile in the Georgian-Russian war and emphasizes the need for dialogue. ++ Instead of gaining regional backing, the summit proves Russia's growing isolation.