31 Jan 2022 06:00 am
The close ties between China and Russia are perceived by politicians in the US and the European Union and therefore contribute to a balance of power in international diplomacy. This was pointed out by former Russian President Dmitry Medvedev.
In an comment to the TASS news agency published on Thursday, former Russian leader Dmitry Medvedev said Moscow’s close ties with Beijing are positive for the world at large. Medvedev is currently Deputy Chairman of the Russian Security Council. He explained:
“We don’t have a military alliance with the People’s Republic of China, and nobody aspires to that. But at the same time, it’s constantly being talked about and our relations are constantly being monitored.”
In his opinion, this is proof that the close ties between Moscow and Beijing “have already acted as a balancing factor in the international balance of power.”
In particular, Medvedev noted that Russia’s “friends across the ocean and in Europe” constantly talk about the close ties between Moscow and Beijing, which in itself shows that it is acting as a counterbalance to the transatlantic powers.
The US has repeatedly expressed concern that China and Russia want to transform the so-called rules-based international order. Washington also barred both nations from last year’s US-hosted Pro-Democracy Summit, characterized by some pundits as the first step in a new bloc formation.
On Wednesday, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov called relations with China “a good example of how relations between countries should be in the 21st century,” implying that the West is reacting negatively to improving Sino-Russian relations and against both countries with “sanctions” and “demonization campaigns” in the media.
Shortly thereafter, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian described the partnership as “a new model of great-power relations.” He added:
“There are no limits to mutual trust and strategic cooperation between China and Russia.”
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