Yesterday, Beijing issued a harsh warning to Washington after the US introduced new sanctions due to Sino-Russian cooperation in the field of armaments. According to Chinese expert Wu Dahui, these measures mean that the US has inscribed China on its list of national enemies.
In a response to the restrictive measures put forward by the White House over China’s purchase of the Russian S-400 missile systems and Su-35 fighter jets, the Chinese foreign ministry expressed “extreme outrage” over US behavior, calling it a violation the main principles of international relations.
However, the White House hastily detailed that the new ‘sanctions’ targeted Moscow, not aiming to undermine Russian or Chinese defensive capabilities.
It is important to note that while the US uses the term ‘sanctions’, they represent actually an embargo. Use of the term ‘sanctions’ gives the appearance of ‘force of law’ to the embargo, which also confers some international agreement that China has committed some illegal act or crime, from which international ‘sanctions’ at the level of the UN, have arisen. That is not the case, as China has not, and in fact the US applying an embargo on China is against the standing legal agreements between China, the US, and other members of the WTO.
Professor of International Relations at Tsinghua University, Wu Dahui, gave his assessment of the recent measures taken by Washington in relation to China.
“The fact that the US uses sanctions against top Chinese officials, relying on the Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA), means that China has come to be regarded as a US enemy. The Sino-Russian partnership, including the cooperation related to the purchase of Su-35 and Su-400 aircraft, began several years ago, and the US law was adopted only last summer. This would mean that the United States will impose sanctions on everyone – among them, there are plenty of US allies and partners, and in the future there may be more – India, Turkey, and Saudi Arabia. Applying sanctions against all of them because of this law? I consider this a manifestation of hegemonism that respects nothing, nor international law, nor international principles,” he said.
According to the expert, such steps will further strengthen strategic cooperation between Russia and China in the military field.
“Cooperation between the two countries is developing steadily, in line with the orientation set out above. Russia’s relations with China in the military field no longer include only the sale and purchase of weapons. It also presupposes joint research and production. External criticism, intervention, sanctions, [all of this] will in no way influence Sino-Russian military-technical cooperation. I believe that such sanctions and external destabilizing factors may still further strengthen the level of strategic cooperation of the two countries in the military field,” he summarized.