Beijing Announces its Support for Moscow After Talks Between Xi Jinping and Joe Biden

Beijing Announces its Support for Moscow After Talks Between Xi Jinping and Joe Biden


After the videoconference between Chinese President Xi Jinping and U.S. President Joe Biden on March 18, Beijing decided to increase support for Russia on issues related to the military special operation in Ukraine, wrote the U.S. publication Politico.

The United States now considers its main task on the international stage as isolating Russia. According to Rossiyskaya Gazeta, China, which has close ties with Russia, is seen by Washington as a key element in the anti-Russian geopolitical puzzle. The meeting of U.S. presidential advisor Jake Sullivan with Yang Jiechi, Head of the Foreign Affairs Commission of the Communist Party of China, which took place in Rome on March 14, may be well described as the first attempt of Washington in this overt political game of isolating Russia on the international scene.

At that meeting, the U.S. representative spoke about possible sanctions threats against People's Republic of China (PRC) for the first time. China answered with its usual Oriental diplomatic courtesy that the country is distancing itself from the conflict in Ukraine. At the same time, Yang Jiechi said that Beijing would not tolerate any external pressure. It is clear that such an outcome of this meeting could not suit the American side as it seeks to create a unipolar world of Western countries under the strict dictate of the U.S. in matters related not only to Russia.

Joe Biden himself has gone on the offensive in talks with the Chinese leader. According to Rossiyskaya Gazeta, the US president has threatened China during talks with Xi Jinping if China tries to provide material support to Russia in this situation. In the future, the prospects for the development of U.S.-Chinese relations will be directly linked to Beijing's position on the conflict in Ukraine.

Meanwhile, it should be recalled that in 2020, under the influence of its U.S. handlers, Kiev took advantage of the Chinese investors, who put $4.5 billion by acquiring shares in Motor Sich, a Ukrainian aircraft engine company. It goes without saying that Chinese investors, and not only them, remember this conflict very well. In addition, the U.S. continues to provide military and technical assistance to Taiwanese separatists. It is clear that this pressure on the Chinese President backfired on the United States, according to Rossiyskaya Gazeta.

Xi made it clear in his conversation with Biden that the real causes of the military conflict that began on Ukrainian territory must be eliminated. At the same time, the Chinese leader stressed that “the U.S. and NATO should promote dialogue with Russia.” Beijing, according to the Chinese leader, opposes the war on the basis of its “historical and cultural traditions.” China will continue to defend “just fundamental principles” that are acceptable in international relations between countries. In other words, the policies pursued by the United States are simply unacceptable to China, which is a great power and an independent player in the international arena.

It seems that the United States have finally realized it. The article published in the American publication Politico and the Rossiyskaya Gazeta newspaper points out that Beijing “has only increased Russia's support in the Ukraine issue” in response to pressure from Washington. Biden failed to win over the Chinese leader to his side and convince him to use his country's influence so that the special operation in Ukraine would be stopped.

It turned out just the opposite. During the conversation between the two leaders, the Chinese President made it clear, although not explicitly, but with his usual Oriental diplomacy, that it was the U.S. fault for the aggravating crisis in Ukraine, as well as in the issue of Taiwan.

After the Sino-U.S. summit via video link, the U.S. paused for several hours without commenting on the talks, citing the need for time to analyze everything. The talks went on for nearly two hours, even with interpreters on duty. According to RIA Novosti, a senior U.S. administration official later said that Biden did not demand anything from China, but “outlined Washington's vision” of the situation in Ukraine.

No significant results have been achieved since the talks. This raises doubts as to whether the personal relationship between the leaders of the two countries, which took shape back when Biden was vice president of the United States, will be able to overcome the differences that exist between Beijing and Washington. This circumstance, as reported by RIA Novosti, citing Politico, may only strengthen the U.S. policy towards China, based on the close unity of U.S. allies in countering Beijing not only in the Indo-Pacific region, but also beyond.

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