Mr. Xi and Mr. Putin have denied these initiatives. They have long seen Washington’s two main strategic thrusts – promoting democracy abroad and deploying or sharing troops and military equipment – as great threats for their countries.
“It is hoped that the US side will take off their sunglasses, get rid of the Cold War mindset, view China-Russia relations and cooperation objectively, and see the prevailing trend of the times. and do more things in favor of world peace and development,” Liu Pengyu, a spokesman for the Chinese Embassy in Washington, said when asked for comment for this article.
Alexander Gabuev, chair of the Russia Asia-Pacific Program at the Carnegie Moscow Center, said the joint statement between China and Russia was a remarkable public milestone, but that the most important cooperation was at happening on the outside. In particular, he said, the sale of weapons from Russia to the Chinese military should be of great interest to American policymakers.
Mr. Gabuev also noted that because the two countries settled territorial disputes along their 2,700-mile border in 2008 and have strengthen their military cooperationMoscow feels confident enough to move troops from the east to near Ukraine in preparation for a potential invasion — the Russian drawdown on its borders with China and Mongolia to its lowest level since 1922.
However, the two countries also compete and disagree on major issues. China has a growing footprint in Central Asia, where former Soviet republics are considered by Moscow to be within its sphere of influence. China insists it is now a major power in the Arctic, an area that Putin wants to dominate. And the country has important trade relations with the countries of the former Eastern bloc.
China is Ukraine’s largest trading partner, and Beijing has acknowledged the country’s sovereignty for decades. It has never recognized Russia’s annexation of Ukraine’s Crimea peninsula in 2014. Notably, the joint statement does not explicitly mention Ukraine.
“When I was in government, we would look very closely at China’s calculations and find things that were not compatible with what Putin was trying to do,” said Daniel Russel, a former assistant secretary of state. work on that basis. for East Asian and Pacific affairs. “The reality is that the game is too late and the three sides have moved very far in this unequal triangle, so trying to undo that is really not easy at all.”
Eric Schmitt contribution report.
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