Olga Lomova

The meeting between the Chinese and Russian foreign ministers confirms the course set for a joint campaign against the current international order and demonstrates that the PRC supports Russia’s demands for a renewed sphere of influence in Central and Eastern Europe.

On Wednesday, March 30, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov met with PRC Foreign Minister Wang Im in the historic southern Chinese city and popular tourist destination of Chun-si. The meeting took place on the sidelines of talks with Taliban officials to resolve the situation in Afghanistan, which are attended by Afghanistan’s neighbors in addition to the PRC and Russia, as well as a US representative in a separate meeting .

The official report on the talks between the two foreign ministers confirms the course of Sino-Russian relations charted in a joint “Olympic declaration” signed by Putin and Xi Jinping on the occasion of the opening of the Winter Olympics in Beijing two weeks before Russia invaded Russia. Ukraine. The joint declaration proclaims a strong alliance with the aim of changing the image and the framework of values ​​of the current international order and of promoting a new form of “democracy” in the spirit of the “millennial traditions of Russia and China”.

Together resolutely for a just world order

The report of the two ministers clearly shows that the PRC and Russia have forged a solid alliance and that China cannot be expected to have a positive effect on Russia to reconsider its invasion of Ukraine, or at least to mitigate attacks against civilian targets.

He said in a statement that the Chinese Foreign Minister said: The determination of the two sides to develop bilateral relations is even stronger, and the effort to develop cooperation in all fields is even stronger. Driven by the important consensus reached between the two heads of state, the Chinese side hopes that China-Russia relations in the new era will continue steadily at an ever-higher level. »

The “consensus of the Heads of State” of course clashes with the aforementioned “Olympic” declaration. Lavrov also refers to the document and says that Russia and China will implement it together in practice. According to him, this means that “at this crucial moment in the international situation, Russia and China maintain strategic communication and play an important role in promoting global multilateralism…Together, they promote the multipolarization of international relations on various international platforms, opposes hegemonism and power politics and defends the principles of the United Nations Charter.”

Lavrov then briefed his Chinese counterpart on the Russian-Ukrainian talks and how “Russia is working hard to calm the situation, intends to continue negotiations with Ukraine and communicates with the international community.”

The war in Ukraine as part of Europe’s security efforts

The report concludes Wang I’s statement on the international situation, which he said has “entered a period of turmoil, proving that the world is undergoing a major change that has not been there for a hundred years.” This expression is commonly used by Xi Jinping to refer to the supposedly inevitable decline of the United States and the West and the historically predestined emergence of a new social order whose vanguard is “socialism with Chinese characteristics”. .

Wang I reiterated that China consistently promotes multilateralism, upholds the principles of the UN Charter, and “seeks to democratize international relations.” According to Wang I, China maintains an objective and fair attitude and “always stands on the right side of history.” He added that “the Ukrainian question has complex historical roots and contexts and is both an explosion of long-standing conflicts in European security and the result of a rebellion against Cold War thinking and alliances.” .

In this context, Wang I added: “We must learn from the lessons of the Ukrainian crisis and respond to reasonable security demands from all parties, while maintaining the principles of mutual respect and security, and build a European security architecture. balanced, efficient and sustainable. through negotiations, thus achieving a lasting peace in Europe.

Taking into account the Russian-Chinese Olympic pact, the propaganda related to the Chinese press in the war in Ukraine and the opinions of Chinese experts on Eastern Europe published in the Chinese media, it is appropriate to interpret the words from Wang I as a demand for Europe to break its alliance with the United States, NATO dissolved, Russia regained its influence in the former Soviet satellites, thus securing its “legitimate” concerns for its own security. In other words, in the name of eternal peace and the rejection of Cold War attitudes, restore the division of Europe that occurred after World War II.

AgendaReferendum 31. 3. 2022

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