Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chinese President Xi Jinping attend an ice hockey friendly match between junior teams in Tianjin, China, in June 2018. Photo/SPUTNIK/KREMLIN/REUTERS
BEIJING – The Russian-Ukrainian war has been going on for a year. China is also happy to buy Russian commodities, such as oil and gas, in contravention of international sanctions.
In addition, Chinese companies have avoided international sanctions against financial products.
Maria Shagina, an expert on economic sanctions at the International Institute of Strategic Studies, said China was not openly supplying Russian weapons.
However, the country may secretly sell high-tech products that could be used for military purposes.
China is becoming an important trading partner for Russia. This is because Russia is trying to soften the impact of economic sanctions imposed by several countries in response to the invasion of Ukraine.
China’s support for Russia is both rhetorical and political, helping to prevent attempts to condemn Russia at the United Nations.
As James Palmer, editor of Foreign Policy, writes, anti-American sentiment in Chinese state media has increased since the spy balloon case began.
Much of it focuses on Russia’s war in Ukraine, which China describes as a response to NATO aggression.
This is the face of China’s policy toward Ukraine, in which aid to Russia is morally justified and can be used to punish America’s allies. Moreover, it proves worthless American and European geopolitical efforts.
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