Saturday, February 4, 2023

Is The Growing China - Russia Alliance A Problem For The U.S.?

Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chinese President Xi Jinping © Alexei Druzhinin/Russian Presidential Press and Information Office/TASS  

CNN: China and Russia are as close as ever, and that’s a problem for the US 

 Hong Kong CNN — When Antony Blinken makes an expected trip to Beijing in the coming days for what would be the first visit to China by a US secretary of state since 2018, he will be cutting a stark contrast to the scene in the Chinese capital one year earlier. 

Then, Chinese leader Xi Jinping welcomed Russian President Vladimir Putin for the opening of the Beijing Olympics – meeting for talks and dinner in Putin’s honor, and declaring a “no limits” partnership between the two neighbors. 

Weeks later, as Russian tanks rolled across the border into Ukraine starting an invasion that would devastate the country and cause a humanitarian crisis, Chinese leaders did not shrink from that declaration. 

Though Beijing claimed impartiality in the conflict and no advance knowledge of Russia’s intent, it also refused to condemn Moscow. Instead, it parroted Kremlin lines blaming NATO for provoking the conflict – further fracturing relationships with both Europe and the US.  

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WNU Editor: As long as I can remember a cornerstone of US foreign policy was to make sure that Russia and China never developed close ties, and to exploit the differences between the two. 

That was then. 

Today I see little if any differences between Russia and China, and a lot of common ground. The common ground is economic, security, and little if any trust of the U.S. and its allies. I expect this "alliance" to continue to grow, and it will grow with other like-minded countries trough BRICS.


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