So China rejected Russia’s calls for help over the war in Ukraine

from Paul Salom

The Russians, in crisis due to the consequences of the war in Ukraine, asked the Chinese for help (military, technological and financial), but Xi Jinping avoided providing it for fear of incurring Western sanctions. And the Washington Post reveals that there have been tense contacts between the officials of the two countries united by friendship without borders

All his life Mao Zedong lived a conflictual relationship with Russia. Ever since he fought, before his peasant revolution triumphed, to make Soviet emissaries understand that the workers in China did not have the strength to lead the class struggle (basically because of their small number), the Great Helmsman has the arrogance with which Stalin and his successors considered him, a sort of rough relative of international socialism, was always poorly tolerated.

Who knows what Mao would think of todayreversal of roles between Moscow and Beijing: in the original capital of the communist movement, the PCUS practically no longer exists (in any case it no longer has power); in the East, on the other hand, the sky, at least in theory, still red, the CCP firmly in command and socialism with Chinese characteristics (which the fathers of realized Marxism considered as smoke in the eyes) transformed an underdeveloped, overpopulated and isolated country into the second economy of the world and in the first strategic opponent of the United States.

If once it was the Chinese Communists who went to Moscow on pilgrimage, now the journey takes place in the opposite direction. And the Washington Post in an article based on well-informed sources, now explains how the Russians, in crisis due to the unexpected stalemate in Ukraine, have (desperately) asked the Chinese for help.

Moscow is in urgent need of military, technological and financial supplies.

Beijing the only ally who can make a difference.

And here, however, the ineluctable force of the Realpolitik. Because if the president Xi Jinping has declared his unconditional support for Putin from the beginningaccusing the United States and the West of having caused the war against Ukraine with the provocative eastward enlargement of NATO, in fact, he was careful not to get on a collision course with Washington .

The speech, as emerges from the dialogues reported by the American daily, is simple: on a political and diplomatic level, China on the side of Russia considers Western sanctions an illegal abuse, military aid to Kiev an illegitimate risk, so much so as to ensure Moscow its full support on the international stage.

But, to the test of the facts, the Chinese have practically not lifted a finger. On the contrary: many large companies (for example the telephone giants) have left Russia. Banks and tech groups are careful not to continue doing business with Moscow in order not to incur secondary sanctions on the American side.

No weapon system (and perhaps not even spare parts) has crossed the very long border between the two giants global.

Hence, the Russians have insistently asked their partners to fulfill all the promised commitments, at least to respect the economic-strategic agreements preceding the invasion which began on February 24th.

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According to the Washington Post, exchanges between the officials of the two countries were tense.

And the results have not been seen: China – says the anonymous source of the Chinese side – remains a firm supporter of Russia’s reasons, we consider the sanctions illegal, but we cannot ignore national interests in this matter: and the Beijing government always puts the well-being of the Chinese people in front of every consideration.

In other words: unless a system is found to cancel the primary and secondary effects of sanctions, the People’s Republic will not lift a finger in order not to risk being damaged in turn.

A sign that the measures taken up to now at the political and economic level by the White House and the West are effective, despite everything.

They may not be quick (at least not as fast as would be desired), but in the long run they have put the protagonists of this crisis in a corner. However, the game is in full swing: it is not known how long it will last.