The words of the Chinese ambassador to the European Union may mean that Vladimir Putin failed to guarantee the expected level of partnership with Beijing, the American Institute for War Studies (ISW) assessed.
Ambassador China at the European Union Fu Cong before the president’s visit France Emmanuel Macron and the head of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen in Beijing said in an interview with the “New York Times” that declarations of friendship “without borders” are “nothing more than rhetoric”. He also asserted that China does not support Russian aggression and does not deliver Russia armament.
Some Ukrainian and Western experts considered these declarations by the Chinese ambassador to belittle the scale of the Sino-Russian alliance – this is the assessment presented by the Institute of Internal Affairs. Other analysts, however, warn against a literal interpretation of the diplomat’s words, especially on the eve of an important visit by Western politicians to China.
“The ambassador’s statement coincides with the earlier assessments of the ISW that Putin was unable to ensure the benefits of unlimited bilateral partnership with China, which he probably counted on when he hosted Xi Jinping in Moscow on March 20-22,” the ISW writes.
“I want to lay the groundwork for continuing the pretense game”
– The ambassador at all costs reduces the importance and size of the de facto Sino-Russian alliance, because during the visit of French President Emmanuel Macron and European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen to Beijing, he wants to create the ground for continuing the pretense game around China’s so-called “peace plan” – said Dr. Michał Bogusz from the Center for Eastern Studies in an interview with PAP.
According to him, “the media and some experts throw themselves at one statement of a low-ranking representative of the regime in the realities of the Chinese political system, and ignore dozens of statements of higher-ranking people, including the general secretary of the Communist Party of China, Xi Jinping.”
Xi in Moscow
During a recent visit to Moscow, Xi spoke with Putin among others, on strengthening bilateral cooperation and o war in Ukraine. In the background there are unofficial reports about possible plans by China to supply arms to Russia.
Beijing has not condemned Russia’s aggression against Ukraine and opposes the sanctions imposed on Moscow. After the invasion began, China tightened cooperation with Russia in many areas, including military, and conducted joint military maneuvers with it.
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