China provides rhetorical cover for Russia and its ‘new model of international relations’

In recent days, China has stepped up its rhetorical support for Russia in a direct affront to the United States and other nations that had hoped Beijing would choose to condemn Moscow for Russian President Vladimir’s invasion of Ukraine. Putin.

Zhao Lijian, spokesperson for the Chinese Foreign Ministry, said: “An important takeaway from the success of China-Russia relations is that both sides are rising above China’s military and political alliance model. Cold War era.

Zhao suggested that China and Russia are able to collaborate so effectively because the countries and their leaders are “committed to developing a new pattern of international relations.”

Bloomberg reported that Zhao made the statement during a Friday briefing in Beijing.

Zhao stressed that the “model” relationship between China and Russia is based on the two countries’ reluctance to provoke confrontation between other nations and respect for the sovereignty of other states.

He added that the relationship broke with the “Cold War mentality” displayed by countries allied with the United States through geographic blocs like the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO).

President Joe Biden warned Chinese President Xi Jinping in March that there would be “implications and consequences” if the Chinese government provided any form of material support to its Russian counterparts during the invasion of Ukraine.

To date, there is no evidence that China supported the Russian invasion or helped the country circumvent Western sanctions that have torpedoed its economy, but the Chinese government has provided “rhetorical support” to Russia by repeating its propaganda .

The Chinese government has also repeatedly said it will abide by the ‘limitless’ relationship agreement that Presidents Putin and Xi agreed to during a private meeting between the two heads of state ahead of the Winter Olympics. of 2022 in Beijing.

During this meeting, Xi and Putin agreed to support each other in their respective efforts to expand their borders to include the independent nations of Taiwan and Ukraine, respectively.

The very existence and basis of this dynamic calls into question the validity of Zhao’s recent assertions that Russia and China avoid confrontation with other nations on the international stage.

The reality is that the Russian invasion of Ukraine and the Chinese government’s blatant hostility towards Taiwan indicate that both nations are, in fact, bent on militarily conquering sovereign nations while meddling in their own affairs.

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