How will Beijing take advantage of Russian aggression?

How will Beijing take advantage of Russian aggression?

Petr Akopov

The closer Putin’s visit to Beijing, the higher the degree of alarmist absurdity produced by the Anglo-Saxons. Moreover, everything is correlated with the Ukrainian theme: it has already been promoted to such a level that absolutely everything is presented in relation to it. Even such an important topic for the West as Russian-Chinese relations. They are also being attacked from a Ukrai-nian perspective. It turns out, however, not just unsuccessfully: the result will be directly opposite to the desired one.
Has everyone heard about the stuffing that Xi Jinping asked Putin not to attack Ukraine during the Olympics? The American Bloomberg distinguished itself. In “War in Ukraine, Putin May Destroy Xi’s Olympic Dream,” citing “one Beijing-based diplomat who asked not to be named,” who said, “It is possible that Xi, in a recent conversation with Putin, asked him not to launch an invasion of Ukraine during the Games. No need to spoil my holiday, otherwise, as Bloomberg recalls, “Putin and China have seen this before”:
The Russian war with Georgia began just on the opening day of the Summer Olympics in Beijing, causing a headache for the Chinese leadership. Because of this, Putin was forced to immediately go home to direct the military operations.
Days after Putin hosted the closing ceremony of the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, spending a record $50 billion on them, Russian forces have launched an operation to seize Ukraine’s Crimea.
Well, that is, the Russians have such a tradition – Olympic expansion. Of course, this is no longer a new thesis of the Anglo-Saxon media, but here the goal was Russian-Chinese relations. To stir up, sow doubts, cast a shadow – it is not for nothing that the main recommendation for countering the Russian-Chinese alliance is to try to widen any cracks between Moscow and Beijing. It turns out?
No, in this case, both Russia and China reacted harshly: the Russian Foreign Ministry called the publication “an informational special operation of the relevant American services”, and the Chinese – “an absolute lie”:
“This is not only a defamation of the relations maintained between our countries, a challenge against us, but also an attempt to denigrate the Winter Olympics in Beijing… Sino-Russian relations are mature and stable, and any attempt to challenge them is doomed to failure.”
Moreover, just such primitive provocations ha-ve the exact opposite effect, once again convincing Moscow and Beijing that coordinated work is being carried out against them individually and against our bilateral relations.
The funny thing is that the Anglo-Saxons use completely opposite theses on the same topic of “Russia’s attack on Ukraine”. According to them, China, on the contrary, benefits from “Russian aggression”: it will divert the attention of the United States and the West as a whole from China. And allow Beijing to attack Taiwan. This “cunning plan” is also being actively promoted by the Atlanticists.
And not only at the level of the media and analysts: the other day, British Foreign Secretary Liz Truss distinguished herself.
In her speech during her visit to Australia, Truss recalled not only the heroic past of the Ukrainian people, who “survived many invasions, from the Mon-gols to the Tatars” and the terrible threat from Russia, but also about China:
“China and Russia have grown bolder in a way we haven’t seen since the Cold War. They are collaborating more and more to set standards in technologies like artificial intelligence to assert their dominance in the West and the Pacific through joint military exercises and in space… They are trying to export dictatorship as a service all over the world…
It cannot be ruled out that China will take advantage of the situation in Ukraine… The aggressors are acting in concert, and I think that countries like ours should work together.”
How will Beijing take advantage of Russian aggression? Of course, it will attack Taiwan, so all Anglo-Saxons, even those living at the end of the world, Australians, must be prepared. Leaving Australia, Truss spoke even more specifically – it is necessary to confront the global aggressors Russia and China:
“It is vital to work together with our close friend and partner Australia to defend and advance de-mocracy…Together with Australia and our other all-ies around the world, we w-ill defeat the forces of evil and build a safer, better Br-itain and a safer, better world.”
In Australia, where already many are not enthusiastic about the anti-Chinese course of the current government (even before the formation of a military alliance with the United States and Great Britain, AUKUS Canberra felt the wrath of Beijing for supporting the American containment policy: China greatly reduced imports from Australia), the words of Truss provoked a strong reaction. Former Prime Minister, Labor MP Paul Keating even called her imbecile. London suffers from “delusions of grandeur,” Keating said, recalling that the British fleet left East Asia long ago and never returned to it, and it is not worth inciting the inhabitants of the region from afar.
Britain has indeed not been the mistress of the seas for a long time, but the Anglo-Saxons have the largest fleet in the world, the American one. It is still the largest, allowing to be the masters of both the Atlantic and the Pacific oceans, and it is the program to build up the Chi-nese fleet that spurs the de-sire of the Anglo-Saxons to deal with a potential enemy. Just like at the beginning of the last century, it was necessary to stop the challenged Germany until the German fleet became comparable to the British. Then the Anglo-Saxons plunged Europe into a world war, pitting against Germany, including Russia.
Now the situation is fundamentally different, it will not work to fight by proxy. And their own either became short (like the English), or they don’t really want to (like the Americans), so you have to agitate the smaller brothers, the Australians. And the most important difference: the world has changed, and the Anglo-Saxon powers are not dealing with a lone, isolated enemy, but with an alliance of Russia and China. And most countries of the world are not eager not only to fight the Russians and the Chinese, but even to participate in their aggressive military, economic and geopolitical containment. What is left in this situation?
Only hope to break the Russian-Chinese bond. Not Bloomberg publications, of course. But even here, ins-tead of success, there are o-nly failures, and the brightest of the last is the recent resignation of the head of the German Navy, Vice Ad-miral Kai-Achim Schönb-ach.
This weekend, he resi-gned after the media drew attention to the video recor-ding of his speech at the co-nference of the Indian Ins-titute of Defense Studies, it took place in Delhi on Ja-nuary 22. The scandal was caused by Schönbach’s sta-tements on the Ukrainian t-opic: they say that Crimea will never return to Uk-raine, “this is a fact, and we need to learn that politics should be based on facts.”
The admiral also said that “Putin puts pressure on us because he can”:
“What he really wants is respect. He wants to be treated as an equal. And by God, respecting someone and treating them as an equal is worth nothing. So if you asked me, you should give him the attitude he insists on and deserves.”
What a horror, Berlin was indignant: “these statements in their content and wording in no way corresp-ond to the position of the Ministry of Defense.” Sch-önbach quit, but the sediment remained. And not at all in Kiev (whose opinion does not interest anyone at all), but in Beijing. Because the main, most scandalous part of the admiral’s statem-ents was not at all what the Atlanticists obstructed him for.
The main thing was how he justified the need to show respect for Putin and Russia: “Russia is an ancient country. Russia is an important country. India, Germany – we need Russia because we need Russia against China. To have this country, a big country, even if it is not democratic, on our side as a partner and gi-ve them a chance together having an equal relationship with the U.S. is easy. And it will likely keep Ru-ssia away from China. Chi-na needs Russian resources. And they can give them to them, because our sanctio-ns often get the wrong results.”
This was the main blunder: the German openly talks about building anti-Chinese alliances, that Russia is needed against China. Yes, he says this to the Indians, trying to play on their fear of Beijing, but still. One of the leaders of the German army – quite an Atlantic conviction – talks about how important it is for the West to tear Russia away from China, that is, we see with our own eyes the struggle of two strategies among the Atlantic elite.
One part of it, the “ultra-globalists”, believes that it is necessary to put pressure on Russia and China with all their might, and it does not matter whether they are together or not (and most likely, in their opinion, the alliance between Beijing and Moscow will fall apart sooner or later), it is necessary to increase policy of containment, the West still has no alternative to it.
Another, “cautious globalists,” believes that by simultaneously putting pressure on Moscow and Beijing, the West will only cement their alliance and will definitely not be able to resist it. Therefore, it is necessary to change the policy towards Russia as soon as possible, build close relations with it in order to at least force it to take a neutral position towards China, or even go into the anti-Chinese camp.
Both of these concepts have their supporters (the second is much more popular among European continental elites), but the main thing that unites them is that they are completely unrealistic. That is, not just outdated, but not working. Attempts to build not even friendly, but simply normal partnership relations with Moscow are no longer possible – simply because Ru-ssia absolutely does not tr-ust the Anglo-Saxon West (and does not see the independent will and role of co-ntinental Europe). But even if we imagine that in the medium term Europe could independently build its relations with Russia, this would not lead to a weakening of the Russian-Chi-nese bond, because it meets our interests in building a new global world order.
Attempts to put pressure on Russia and China at the same time are indeed suicidal for the West, but they do nothing to strengthen the Russian-Chinese alliance. Not so much because the Anglo-Saxons have already done more than enough to bring Moscow and Beijing closer together, but because the choice in favor of an alliance was made by them long ago and quite conscio-usly. A strategic choice that does not allow any external forces and opponents to influence our position.

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