China’s role in ending the Ukraine crisis – OpEd

For the first time in over a hundred years, the Ukraine crisis has opened a new chapter in China-US relations, an important part of which is the manner and extent of Western influence over Beijing. China’s foreign policy is historically based on internal unity and cohesion, and it has been handled with a balanced approach in all political, economic and security sectors, calmly but firmly, with the least cost and the most success for foreign policy challenges. However, at a time when Beijing is obsessed with developments in Tibet, East Turkestan and Taiwan and seeks to strengthen its command and surveillance over its periphery, the Ukraine crisis erupts and Russia, as the most important strategic partner , is constantly under pressure. threat from the United States and Europe.

Russia is counting on China to establish mutually beneficial cooperation with Western countries and rebuild its historical power by regulating relations with them. However, the Ukraine crisis has been a game-changer as it has seriously called into question the Kremlin’s foreign policy which has so far focused on resisting foreign sanctions pressure and halting the expansion of the NATO. Russia sought to strengthen multilateralism with China, but found itself stuck in Ukraine as the entire West opposed it to the point where Putin threatened to use nuclear weapons.

The United States, whose world leadership is in decline, is well aware that China, due to its foreign and security policy based on peace and realism, as well as the use of hybrid technologies in the trade and economy, is a fierce rival.

The United States is also aware that today China is the only country in the world that can pursue its regional and global policies in all regions of the world through sound political and trade relations and the conclusion of partnerships. strategic.

The Ukraine crisis is currently the most important strategic issue between the United States and China because it has clouded the prospects for relations between Beijing and the Western alliance. For the United States and NATO, the key question is to what extent and for how long will China provide political or economic support to Russia in the Ukraine crisis? Moreover, if the Ukraine crisis continues, will Beijing join forces with Moscow to form an alliance against the West to halt NATO expansion and protect its own sphere of influence in the Indo-Pacific region? Or will he distance himself from Russia and focus more on his growing economic ties with the West?

Western media broadcast propaganda to make it appear that the Russians are heading for defeat and that their army can neither meet its logistical needs nor withdraw its forces from Ukraine. All this propaganda aims to spread distrust of Moscow in international relations. This could eventually push other countries to decide when to reconsider their relationship with Moscow.

Undoubtedly, the chain of events and reciprocal threats in the Ukrainian crisis will go so far as to also challenge China as a strategic partner of Russia. While China’s foreign policy has so far been peaceful and development-oriented with rational discourse, the West and NATO will pressure Beijing to adapt it to Russia and the community. international community so that it is more aligned with their own interests. But it remains to be seen whether the United States risks another war by supporting Taiwan and increasing tensions with China.

Another major concern for the United States and the West in general is the alliance between China and Russia. This alliance could create a strategic square from East Asia to Eurasia, the Caucasus and the Middle East and also involve countries like Syria, Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan and Pakistan. . These countries can form a true strategic coalition thanks to their scientific capacities and resources, in particular in the sectors of high technology and energy, and repel threats and marginalize the values ​​of liberal democracy. China and Russia indeed need the Western market for their economic development, but the creation of a political and security alliance can guarantee their trade and security in a large part of the planet in terms of population, territory and resources.

Thus, another strategic goal of the United States and NATO in the Ukraine crisis is to force China to pursue its interests solely through the West. If the aforementioned strategic square weakens, the United States and NATO will need much less economic and military power to counter China.

It is important to note that the existence and sustainability of the liberal-democratic system, led by the United States and Britain, is highly dependent on the existence of real or fabricated threats and wars. Although these countries possess the most weapons of mass destruction, have been the largest arms dealers in the world and have caused brutal and endless wars for the past hundred years, they have always blamed others for the insecurity and instability of global security and have greater pressure on Russia then on China. Thus, the strategic need of the changing world order requires Beijing, as the only effective neutral country with political and economic capabilities, to help ease tensions in the Ukraine crisis and prevent the spread of false information and false information.

Of all the countries in the world, only China, with its international and rational credibility among the countries of the world, can mediate between the two sides to end the Ukraine crisis and bring peace and security to Europe and the world. world through dynamic diplomacy.

Christi C. Elwood