A war analyst believes China will seek to capitalize on Russia’s financial crisis after being hit with a wide range of economic sanctions over Ukraine’s invasion
Vladimir Putin’s Russia could be reduced to “China’s colony” after war in Ukraine, war analyst claims.
Harry Kazianis, an expert on US foreign policy and national security issues related to China, said the country will be forced to sell its assets to Beijing because it has been crippled by a broad package of Western economic sanctions.
In conversation with The Expresshe said China “bought as much as possible” after the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991 and it “would like to” follow that “blueprint” in the years to come as Russia becomes increasingly desperate.
There are growing concerns of an economic meltdown in Russia as the ruble has lost more than a quarter of its value since the invasion, hitting an all-time low of 120 against the US dollar earlier this month.
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Kazianis, an analyst with the US think tank Center for National Interest, also claimed President Xi Jinping wants to “get a foothold in Russia” and he could exploit the Kremlin’s vulnerability to gain access to its advanced military technology.
It comes after US President Joe Biden warned the Chinese leader that his country would face consequences if it provided economic or military aid to Russia while its forces fought in Ukraine.
“Even if [Putin] pulled out all his troops from Ukraine today, the sanctions aren’t working – so the paint is already poured for him,” Mr Kazianis said.
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“If he survives, by that time he must become China’s colony.
“It’s the only way he can get the financial support he needs to survive.
“And it’s not certain that the Chinese want to do that. It’s a really bad situation.
“It’s in their interest, provided the war doesn’t go nuclear.
“I think the Chinese would like to try to get as much foothold in Russia as possible – and they see trillions of dollars in resources.”
“They see a Russian military that they would love to go in and take all the technology and add it to their own.
“And that’s what they did when the Soviet Union collapsed, and that’s why China is the superpower it is now.
“They bought what was left of the Soviet Union as much as they could, and now the US and its allies are facing a Chinese military that has taken the best of Soviet equipment and upgraded it.
“So they would like to follow that blueprint again.”
Mr Kazianis said Chinese leaders must also consider the “reputational damage” that would result from a partnership with Russia.
“They don’t seem to care what other people think, they probably don’t care what their own people think,” he said.
“It depends on how far this war goes.”
According to the United Nations, as of March 17, 816 civilians have been killed and 1,333 injured in Ukraine, while more than 3.2 million refugees have fled the country.
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