China is fully exploiting the Russia-Ukraine crisis to warn the US of its threats, a classic example of “killing the chicken to scare the monkey”, according to GeoPolitica.
From China blaming NATO’s expansion for Russia’s invasion of Ukraine to blaming Ukraine’s desire to join NATO for endangering Russian security or even condemning anti-Russia sanctions imposed upon the outbreak of the war, Beijing’s intentions are only to threaten the US amid the ongoing power conflict, GeoPolitica reported. More of this becomes clear when one looks closer at Beijing launching a diplomatic push in impossible circles. A lot of China’s condemnation of the West comes as Beijing finds itself in the midst of a huge strategic problem.
An interesting point was made by the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace’s Evan Feigenbaum. It identifies China’s three core objectives in the Russian-Ukrainian War.
First up is China’s strategic partnership with Russia. The second is to show its commitment to long-standing foreign policy principles of “territoriality” and “non-interference,” and last but not least is China’s desire to minimise collateral damage from EU and US sanctions, GeoPolitica reported.
Right since the war started on February 24, Beijing officials have been doing extensive globetrotting. From February 24 to May 19, Beijing had 64 diplomatic talks with international colleagues to address the ongoing conflict in Ukraine.
However, one must note that this diplomatic effort is divided into two sections. The first stage concentrated on Western nations in order to manage the impact of Western policy results, and the second is China’s move to focus on poorer countries.
For instance, on March 15, US National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan met with Politburo member Yang Jiechi and reiterated the United States’ commitment to a cohesive NATO. Following the Sullivan-Yang meeting on March 15, China’s diplomatic campaign moved its focus to poorer countries.