Diplomatic relations between China and Russia are at an all-time high. This was evident at the recent Beijing Winter Olympics, where Putin was the only head of state to attend.
And, remarkably, Putin seems to be waiting for the war until the Olympics are over. Only after the game was over did he launch an attack on Ukraine. Although the Chinese government has publicly urged all sides to ease tensions with Ukraine, it is not clear which side China is on after the attack.
The Chinese government does not appear to be directly supporting the war in Europe but wants to maintain military and strategic ties with Moscow.
As Ukraine’s number one trading partner in China, it is important for Beijing to maintain good relations with Ukraine.
However, the policy now appears to be extremely difficult for China, as the Chinese government is close to Russia, which has already started a major war on Ukrainian soil.
On the other hand, if China appears to be on the side of Russian aggression, Western Europe could risk ending its trade relations with China.
For the first time, could China’s foreign policy change?
In all kinds of international events, the Chinese government has been taking the initiative not to interfere in the internal affairs of others, saying that it is the internal affairs of others. Liu Xiaoming, a senior diplomat, had earlier tweeted: “China has never engaged in occupation or war. China has always been committed to peace. “
In contrast, last week, in a surprise move, China decided not to vote against Russia in the UN Security Council over its attack on Ukraine and to remain silent.
World observers have called for Beijing to oppose Russia’s anti-occupation initiative in Ukraine, but the move could prove fatal in the eyes of the West. That is why Beijing has once again signaled that it will stay out of the matter.
Earlier, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin denied that any activity in Ukraine was “aggressive.” That is why China is so far away from resisting Russian aggression.
There have been unconfirmed reports that Beijing has already decided to ignore the allegations, even though it already knows about them.
According to the New York Times, US officials have been urging Beijing over the past few months to intervene and prevent Russia from occupying Ukraine.
However, Beijing later denied the allegations in a statement issued Friday stating “Similar, baseless allegations concerning Russia’s intelligence have been made more than once.
Concerns over connectivity with Taiwan
Therefore, the only concern for the Chinese Communist Party right now is how this incident with Ukraine will affect its people and its global perception.
As a result, China is closely monitoring the situation in Ukraine on social media and in the press. Because they knew it wouldn’t take long for Taiwan to get involved. The communist government considers Taiwan to be one of its provinces and somehow considers it necessary to integrate it with the central government.
Now, on the Chinese network Weibo, nationalists are watching Russia’s occupation of Ukraine, and the only thing that can be seen everywhere is that China is following the same path and asking Taiwan to withdraw. One user wrote, “This is the best opportunity to take Taiwan back. ”
But before the Chinese government, like all other countries in the world, refused to impose sanctions on Russia, it felt that it would be in the same situation if it tried to occupy Taiwan by force. This would be very expensive for China.
Speaking at a press conference in Beijing, Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said China would never believe that sanctions were the best way to solve the problem.
Another important issue for China is what to do if Tibetans or Uighurs seek independence. Xi Jinping’s administration does not want this to happen under any circumstances, even if it means opposing Russia.
That’s why China is paying close attention to what public opinion should be about Putin’s move in eastern Ukraine. The national press is controlling the public’s response to posts on Russia and Ukraine by opening its account on Weibo.
That’s why there are only comments like, ‘Putin is great, ‘I support Russia and I want to say the same thing against the United States, ‘America always wants to bring problems to the world’.
But not all critics of Ukraine are online. Earlier, five Chinese “academics,” wrote an open letter condemning Russia’s move. It read: “This is an attack. According to the Chinese, a deer is not a horse. ” But the letter was removed by Chinese Internet censors shortly after it was posted. That is why the Ukraine crisis has become even more challenging for China.
At the moment, it is difficult to say how many people in China want peace and how many anti-Russian posts have been removed. But posts that are critical of the United States are being widely publicized.
Even so, owning one is still beyond the reach of the average person. As one writes, “I do not understand why so many people are in favor of Russia and Putin. How can it be just to attack another country? Even if it is like a war, we must always be against it. ”
“Putin has recognized Ukraine’s independent territory, which means he must be interfering in another country’s internal affairs,” another wrote. ”
China is most concerned about this second type of reaction. Because even now, the Chinese government has been pursuing a policy of not interfering in the internal affairs of other countries. But if it suddenly backs away, the Chinese people will surely question it.
The Chinese people have to make a big choice in deciding how to handle this situation.