Xi Jinping has hardened his anti-American stance.
Chinese leader Xi Jinping has stepped up anti-American rhetoric. In turn, Washington is ready to sever economic ties with Beijing, even to its own detriment, if China transfers weapons to Russia.
According to political scientist and publicist Andrey Piontkovsky, the Chinese leader has changed, “proclaiming himself the Chinese emperor,” and toughened his anti-American rhetoric. At the same time, he pointed out that Xi Jinping managed to achieve diplomatic success in reconciling Saudi Arabia and Iran, which no one had previously succeeded in.
“This reconciliation took place on anti-American and anti-Israeli grounds. This is a very strong blow to Israel’s foreign policy, which has been strengthening its position in the Arab East for years,” the expert said in an interview with UNIAN.
Piontkovsky said the US had made clear the consequences for China if arms were transferred to Russia.
“Until recently, I very definitely answered the question about arms supplies to Russia that Xi would never go for it. The Americans made it very clear that they would go for the most severe break in economic relations even to their own detriment, and these are the economic Siamese twins – China and The United States – and breaking their ties can only be done by striking each of them. The Americans are ready to go even to the problems for their economy and their consumer, but this can destroy the entire Chinese economy. The coming days, including this visit. The question is whether I remain skeptical of Xi’s visit anytime soon, but that such an anti-American trend is on the rise is his personal signature. events in the near future,” the political scientist believes.
In addition, he recalled that President Volodymyr Zelensky clearly outlined Kyiv’s position regarding peace negotiations, and his plan was supported by the G7, so the proposals of the Chinese leader will not change the situation.
“There is a position of Ukraine, supported by the international community, enshrined in two statements of the G7 on October 12 and December 12. This is Zelensky’s peace plan, which consists of 4 points, and the first of them is the complete withdrawal of Russian troops from the entire occupied territory of Ukraine. I a lot of questions were asked that if Comrade Xi offers Zelensky a return to the borders on February 24, 2022, will he agree? No, neither Zelensky nor the Western community and the free world will agree in any case. – this is interesting from the point of view of the prospects for their relationship, but Ukraine has clearly made a choice for itself in this existential war for it. This is a war for independence that has lasted 600 years, and the outcome of this war will be decided on the battlefield,” Piontkovsky summed up.
Xi Jinping’s visit to Russia – what is known
Journalists from The Wall Street Journal said that the Chinese leader plans to visit Russia in April-May. In turn, Reuters reported that the meeting between Xi Jinping and Putin will take place earlier.
Later it became known that the head of China, after a meeting with the President of Russia, plans to have a telephone conversation with Ukrainian leader Volodymyr Zelensky.
On March 17, the Kremlin said that Xi Jinping’s visit to Moscow would take place from March 20 to 22.