The Biden administration’s diplomatic outreach to China to try to prevent war from starting after President Biden and Mr. Xi organize a video summit on November 15, during their talks, the two leaders acknowledged that challenges in relations between countries are at their lowest level in decades, but agreed to try to cooperate on mutual issues. concerns, including health security, climate change, and nuclear. proliferation, White House officials speak at that time.
After the meeting, American officials decided that the Russian buildup around Ukraine was the most pressing issue that China and the United States could solve together. Some officials say the results of the video summit suggest there is a potential for improvement in US-China relations. Others were more skeptical, but said it was important not to leave any stones unattended in an attempt to stop Russia from attacking, one official said.
Understanding Russia’s Attack on Ukraine
What is the root cause of this invasion? Russia considers Ukraine to be inside its natural sphere of influence, and it became irritated by Ukraine’s proximity to the West and the prospect of it joining NATO or the European Union. Although Ukraine is also not included in this category, it receives financial and military aid from the United States and Europe.
A few days later, White House officials met with Ambassador Qin Gang at the Chinese Embassy. They told the ambassador what US intelligence agencies had discovered: a gradual encirclement of Ukraine by Russian forces, including armored units. William J. Burns, director of the CIA, flew to Moscow on 2 November to confront the Russians about the same information and on 17 November US intelligence officials shared their findings with NATO.
At the Chinese Embassy, Russian aggression was the first topic of discussion that lasted more than an hour and a half. In addition to providing intelligence, White House officials told the ambassador that the United States would impose tough sanctions on Russian companies, officials and businesspeople in the event of an attack. aggression, far beyond the statements of the Obama administration after Russia occupied Ukraine. Crimean Peninsula 2014.
US officials say the sanctions will also hurt China over time because of its trading relationships.
They also point out that they know how China helped Russia dodge some sanctions in 2014 and warn Beijing against any such aid in the future. And they argue that because China is widely seen as a partner of Russia, its global image could suffer if Putin invades.
The message is clear: Persuading Putin to step down will be in China’s interest. But their pleas went nowhere. Qin was skeptical and suspicious, a US official said.
https://www.nytimes.com/2022/02/25/us/politics/us-china-russia-ukraine.html Biden officials repeatedly urge China to help prevent war in Ukraine