The United States is to blame for the rising Ukrainian crisis, not China-Russia energy ties
The United States is to blame for the rising Ukrainian crisis, not China-Russia energy ties

The United States is to blame for the rising Ukrainian crisis, not China-Russia energy ties

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A recent view from the West claims that China’s support for Russia, particularly the huge energy agreements signed between Beijing and Moscow earlier this month, has encouraged the latter to take risks regarding the Ukrainian crisis. Such an argument misinterprets the importance of cooperation between China and Russia. It’s part of the same old attacks from some in the West on China, Russia and their relations.

For example, Gordon Chang, notorious for his “China collapse” theory, said in an interview Sunday that China “has just given Putin the green light to invade. [Ukraine]”He argued that the recently signed energy agreements between China and Russia are” basically [China] to stop the Russians from doing what they want in Eastern Europe. “Three days before that, Chang published an article in The Hill claiming that” China makes sanctions against Russia irrelevant. “

China and Russia have a long history of close cooperation, including in the energy sector. From Beijing’s point of view, energy trade with Moscow is driven by the need for imported energy to sustain its rapid economic growth. China’s demand for cleaner energy sources such as gas is also rising to achieve its targets for carbon emissions and carbon neutrality.

The distorted understanding of China-Russia energy cooperation is in line with the prevailing interpretation of the current relations between China and Russia in the West: the partnership between the two countries is simply a political “marriage of reason”, and the cooperation between them intends to gain each other’s support. in political matters, be it domestic and international.

China and Russia support each other in the fight against external interference and jointly resist threats to their national security.

Yang Jin, an associate researcher at the Institute of Russian, Eastern European and Central Asian Studies at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, told the Global Times that it makes no sense to blame China-Russia cooperation for the intensified situation between Moscow and Russia. Kiev. Instead, it is the United States that continues to agitate for a war because it will be the only one benefiting from a frontal conflict, not Russia, Ukraine or Europe.

According to Yang, some Western forces distort the facts just to drive a wedge between China and Russia. “China and Russia are engaged in active cooperation in many aspects, and high-level contacts between the two are also very close. This has caused some in the West to worry about the effectiveness of sanctions or repression of China and Russia. “These forces are taking every opportunity to provoke conflicts between Beijing and Moscow,” Yang said.

However, it is difficult for them to achieve their goals. On the one hand, this is due to the fact that China and Russia take similar or even the same positions on many issues. Such a similarity makes it natural for the two countries to keep getting closer. This is the basis of strategic cooperation between Beijing and Moscow.

Yang believes there is a contradiction in how to deal with Russia in the West. To be more specific, the West’s goals contradict how it tries to achieve them. “The West is exerting enormous strategic pressure on Russia, while expecting Russia to ease ties with it or separate China from Russia,” Yang noted.

Against this background, no matter how maliciously some Western powers interpret the cooperation between China and Russia and Beijing’s support for Moscow, they will not shake the rock-solid determination of the two countries to protect both interests as well as regional peace and development through cooperation.

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