June 16th, 2017 – Fort Russ News –
– Oltre la Linea – – translated by Frederick Assar –
It is no coincidence that the visit of Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi coincides with the meeting of NATO leaders and the G8 meeting. This shows how China and Russia have created an alternative and common position on many key issues, such as the Korean crisis and the Syria war. Wang Yi’s visit program envisaged high-level meetings, including the one with Russian President Vladimir Putin and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov.
Starting from the exclusion of Russia from the G8, relations between Moscow and Beijing have become ever closer and the two countries have announced ambitious projects in various spheres, especially in economic and financial terms. Although these plans are still at an embryonic stage, one can certainly assert that on many foreign policy issues the respective views on how to act coincide.
US rhetoric has provoked strong fears between Chinese and Russian leaders for a possible military escalation in the Korean peninsula. Beijing refuses to exert too much pressure on Pyongyang to avoid destabilising the country, which, in turns, could lead to Kim Jong-un’s overthrow and the establishment of a pro-American government.
Both the Russians and the Chinese demand that the planned joint military exercises between US and Seoul troops be cancelled and the THAAD antimissiles system installed in the Korean peninsula should be cancelled. Such systems are “a destabilising factor that breaks the stable balance in the region,” said Gennadiy Gatilov, Deputy Foreign Minister for Russian Foreign Affairs.
During the meeting between Chinese Minister and President Putin, the establishment of a Euro-Asian trade partnership that meets the long-term interests of the two countries was also discussed. This project is based on initiatives such as the One Belt One Road (OBOR) and the Maritime Silk Road, and aims at ensuring the independence of the region from an economic point of view, reaching bilateral agreements with all partners involved: China, India, Pakistan, Iran, Russia, Belarus, Kazakhstan.
The United States does not have the means to oppose China on the economic front or Russia on the military front and if the agreements between Moscow and Beijing are successful, other nations may choose to pass from the old unipolar world order to the currently evolving and multipolar world order.