Last week, Russia and Communist China demonstrated their connections and common geopolitical objectives once again. Tuesday’s meeting between Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chinese dictator Xi Jinping at the Kremlin was to explore a “new era” of bilateral relations and increased cooperation on a range of global challenges.
Following the meeting, Xi informed Putin, “A change that hasn’t occurred in a century is about to occur. And all of us are contributing to this shift.”
According to the South China Morning Post, the two countries have promised to work together on problems affecting Southeast Asia, the Middle East, and Latin America, potentially challenging US dominance in the process.
Russia and China will cooperate to promote Beijing’s Belt and Road Initiative, which enables China to expand its power and influence throughout the developing globe, while also bolstering its positions in Asia, including through the ASEAN of Southeast Asian Countries.
China assists developing nations in constructing ports, railroads, and telecommunication systems as well as obtaining funding through its BRI. The BRI turns nations into politically malleable debtors because this assistance is typically unaffordable by purpose.
Regarding the conflict in Ukraine, Russia praised China’s “unbiased and objective position,” noting that both Moscow and Beijing “are opposed to any states and their blocs causing damage to the legitimate security interests of other states in order to gain military, political, and other advantages,” according to Reuters.
This comment undoubtedly serves as a criticism of both American-led attempts to defend Taiwan against Chinese invasion as well as NATO in Eastern Europe.
The joint statement also hinted that China is stepping up its efforts to promote worldwide peace even as it persecutes dissidents throughout the globe, meddles in foreign elections, conducts blatant espionage operations, and expands its military.
Moscow said it appreciated “China’s willingness to contribute to a diplomatic-political resolution of the Ukrainian conflict.”
China has “no selfish objectives on the Ukraine issue, has not stood idly by… or grabbed the chance to enrich itself,” according to Wang Wenbin, an apparatchik in the Chinese Foreign Ministry, reported by the Associated Press.
Since the invasion of Ukraine, China has reportedly supplied Russia with over $12 million in drones and drone parts, according to the New York Times, providing a “constant supply” of equipment for the front lines.
Wang continued, “What China has done can be summed up in one word: to encourage peace negotiations.” He also charged that the United States was “fanning the flames” of the conflict.
In addition to indicating a change in the balance of power in the Middle East, Xi and Putin said they were dedicated to creating a security system for the area and supported the independence and sovereignty of Syria and Libya.
According to Stars and Stripes, the United States still has close to 1,000 soldiers in Syria, the majority of whom share bases with the Syrian Democratic Forces in the country’s north.