China is taking full advantage of the Russia-Ukraine crisis to warn the United States of its threats — a classic example of “killing the chicken to scare the monkey,” GeoPolitica reports.
From China blaming NATO’s expansion for Russia’s invasion of Ukraine to blaming Ukraine’s desire to join NATO for endangering Russian security or even condemning anti-Russian sanctions imposed at the outbreak of war, Beijing’s intentions are only to threaten the US amid the ongoing power conflict, GeoPolitica reports.
More of this becomes apparent when one looks closer to Beijing and launches a diplomatic push into impossible circles. Much of China’s condemnation of the West comes because Beijing is in the midst of a huge strategic problem.
An interesting point was made by Evan Feigenbaum of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. It identifies China’s three core objectives in the Russo-Ukrainian war.
First, there is China’s strategic partnership with Russia. The second is to show its commitment to the long standing principles of “territoriality” and “non-interference” in foreign policy and last but not least is China’s desire to minimize collateral damage from EU and US sanctions. , GeoPolitica reported.
Officials in Beijing have been touring extensively since the start of the war on February 24. From February 24 to May 19, Beijing held 64 diplomatic talks with international counterparts to address the ongoing conflict in Ukraine.
It should be noted, however, that this diplomatic effort is divided into two parts.
The first phase focused on Western countries to control the impact of Western policy outcomes and the second is China’s move to focus on poorer countries.
For example, US National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan met with Politburo member Yang Jiechi on March 15 and reiterated the United States’ commitment to a cohesive NATO. After the Sullivan-Yang meeting on March 15, China’s diplomatic campaign turned its focus to poorer countries.
Whether visiting Western countries or poorer countries, Beijing’s purpose was anchored in three key messages condemning NATO for its “responsibility” for the conflict, the need for peace talks and resistance to Western sanctions.
Foreign Minister Wang Yi stated in a meeting with Ukrainian Foreign Minister Kuleba that “the security of one nation should not be gained by harming another country, and regional security should not be ensured by expanding the military bloc.”
Wang said in a meeting with Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan that “Ukraine should be the bridge between East and West rather than a pawn in a larger power conflict.”
China’s second point was to condemn the sanctions imposed on Russia at the outbreak of the war. The western countries reacted unitedly to the Russian invasion.
After the invasion, many Western countries – the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom and a number of other countries – imposed sanctions on Russian financial institutions and major oligarchs associated with Putin’s government.
Following the competition, the European Union imposed sanctions on Russian officials, financial institutions and exports.
The West used its trump card for sanctions on February 26. The United States, the European Union, the United Kingdom, Canada, France, Germany and Italy announced a joint withdrawal operation.
Russian banks of the SWIFT financial messaging system. The EU decided on March 2 to remove seven key Russian organizations from SWIFT by March 12, GeoPolitica reported.
China began sending anti-sanction messages during diplomatic meetings and echoed Chinese President Xi Jinping’s message rebuking Western sanctions for obstructing international law and escalating tensions.
Xi stated that the international community should “fully advocate for negotiations,” a veiled criticism of Western countries that are simultaneously promoting dialogue and providing Ukraine military aid.
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