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China Might Not Have Russia’s Back on Ukraine Afterall

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U.S. Soldiers assigned to the 65th Field Artillery Brigade fire a High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS) during a joint live-fire exercise with the Kuwait Land Forces, Jan. 8, 2019, near Camp Buehring, Kuwait. The U.S. and Kuwaiti forces train together frequently to maintain a high level of combat readiness and to maintain effective communication between the two forces. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Bill Boecker)

Putin May Not Have China’s Support – Earlier this week, as Russian President Vladimir Putin prepared to meet with Chinese President Xi Jinping, it looked as though he was hoping to receive more support from the Chinese government than he has over the last six months. Since the outbreak of the war, China has refused to take sides in the conflict and reportedly denied a request from the Kremlin to provide military support.

Since then, China has doubled down on its potential plans to invade Taiwan, and Putin’s efforts to pull together a coalition of countries hostile to the West – including Iran and North Korea – seemed to indicate he was working toward getting China on board, too.

On Thursday, however, the Russian president conceded that the Chinese president has concerns about the war in Ukraine.

What Putin Said

During the first meeting between the two leaders since the war broke out in February, the Russian president referred to President Xi as a “comrade” and “dear friend.” The discussion took place in Samarkand, a city in Uzbekistan, and gave the two leaders an opportunity to discuss the war in Ukraine and, inevitably, Russia’s significant losses in Kherson.

“We understand your questions and concern about this. During today’s meeting, we will, of course, explain our position; we will explain in detail our position on this issue, although we have talked about this before,” Putin said.

Russia’s TASS news agency reported that Vladimir Putin expressed his gratitude to the Chinese Communist Party for their “balanced position” on the war in Ukraine, a sign that, perhaps, Russia wants to ensure that China at least remains neutral – likely a massive disappointment for a floundering Russian president losing yet more troops, tanks, and weapons on the battlefield in eastern Ukraine.

Putin stressed his belief in the partnership and friendship between the two countries, and while he may not have received the support he wanted from China on the Ukraine issue, he alluded to a world where the West can no longer be trusted.

“The world is undergoing many changes right now; the only constant is the friendship and mutual trust between Russia and China,” Putin said.

Following the talks, during which Putin sat at the opposite end of a horseshoe-shaped table, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov painted a picture of a positive and fruitful discussion.

“Our assessments of the international situation coincide completely … there are no discrepancies at all,” Lavrov said. “We will continue to coordinate our actions including at the forthcoming U.N. General Assembly.”

Jack Buckby is a British author, counter-extremism researcher, and journalist based in New York. Reporting on the U.K., Europe, and the U.S., he works to analyze and understand left-wing and right-wing radicalization, and reports on Western governments’ approaches to the pressing issues of today. His books and research papers explore these themes and propose pragmatic solutions to our increasingly polarized society.

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Jack Buckby is a British author, counter-extremism researcher, and journalist based in New York. Reporting on the U.K., Europe, and the U.S., he works to analyze and understand left-wing and right-wing radicalization, and reports on Western governments’ approaches to the pressing issues of today. His books and research papers explore these themes and propose pragmatic solutions to our increasingly polarized society.

6 Comments

6 Comments

  1. 403Forbidden

    September 16, 2022 at 9:24 am

    Xi is a piece of falsehood. Just like biden. Can’t be trusted.

    Biden self-righteously condemned half the american people as a threat to the soul of america, unable or unwillingly to take a look in the mirror.

    Biden has benn an inverterate liar all his life, from the time he was a young senator when he falsely accused driver who collided with his first wife’s car of drunkenness when it was totally untrue. To the time when he was v-p when he falsely said blacks would be back in chains if they dared to vote for GOP.

    Xi has betrayed his own people by holding all sorts of games, sports and meets leading to unspeakable covid, unspeakable backlash and bans and sanctions from western nations and many arrests or detention of citizens sent abroad by xi himself. Some still haven’t come home, especially those arrested by india for alleged ‘spyin’.’

    Putin in all his vulnerable moment or situation can’t afford to trust either biden or xi. Better to trust india, north korea or iran.

    The hell with xi, man with small forehead, small eyes, thick lips and a talking style as if he’d inadvertently swallowed a few marbles that somehow got stuck between his throat & his nasal passage!

    The HELL with biden and xi, both of whom think they are heaven’s gift to their people.

    They’re just self-righteous snakes that are unable to look at themselves in the mirror.

  2. Brian

    September 16, 2022 at 1:17 pm

    LOL the article doesnt even mention bidens name once hahaha this guy has way too big an axe to grind

  3. Jiri Novacek

    September 16, 2022 at 2:42 pm

    Given the rant of the known russian troll “403Forbidden” it is obvious that Russia is pretty disappointed by the chinese position. Good news for all good people.

  4. Bender

    September 16, 2022 at 8:39 pm

    The CCP (Chinese Communist Party, aka the one-party unelected dictatorship of China) has no friends and very little morals.
    They will be very happy to throw anybody under the bus, when they don’t need him anymore.

  5. Ben

    September 19, 2022 at 9:54 am

    After Sunday Biden 60 minutes interview 403Forbidden can rest easy – as PRC position will be changing fast toward Russia and soon… I am sure Putin is grateful to our senile POTUS for improving PRC/Russia relations overnight…

  6. lel

    September 19, 2022 at 11:50 pm

    Oooh Jackie… that did NOT age well. Chinese military convoy spotted in Ukraine today. Keep on spewing that propaganda for people who don’t care about you. Maybe when you’re freezing and hungry it will don on you that dishonesty wasn’t the right path. Being a second ratepropagandist and for nonsense you aren’t even party too… yikes.

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