Faced with Ukrainian resistance and the unity of Western democracies, which have taken unprecedented sanctions against Russia, the latter can only count on Chinese power to escape total economic isolation. In this context, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov took advantage of a bilateral meeting in eastern China on Wednesday with his counterpart, Wang Yi, to announce the advent of the new world order dreamed of by the two countries. .
“We are living through a very serious stage in the history of international relations”he said, in a video of the interview released by Moscow. “I am convinced that at the end of this stage, the international situation will be much clearer and that we (…) we will move towards a multipolar, just, democratic world order”he launched to his host.
“Sino-Russian relations have withstood the test of the changing international situation”, replied the latter, according to comments reported by his ministry. In a press release published by Moscow, the two countries announced that they wanted “continue to deepen coordination in foreign policy” and “expand joint action”but without announcing concrete measures of support from China to Russia.
Western powers have warned Beijing against any support for the Russian president’s regime that would allow Moscow to soften the impact of sanctions. Chinese companies are cautious in their dealings with Russia for fear of being hit by these sanctions. Since February 24, Beijing has refused to condemn the invasion of Ukraine.
Mr. Lavrov had to content himself with a reaffirmation of the unlimited nature of the friendship between the two countries in the face of the common American rival. “Our opposition to hegemony is limitless”, assured the spokesman for Chinese diplomacy, Wang Wenbin, when asked about the visit of the Russian minister. At the beginning of March, Wang Yi had even greeted a friendship “solid as a rock” with Moscow and defended the concerns “reasonable” of Russia for its security. A few weeks before the war, Vladimir Putin had himself been warmly received by his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping, in Beijing. The two countries had previously celebrated a friendship ” without limits “ and denounced “the extension” of NATO.
You can read with interest the comments in english from the spokesperson for the Chinese Foreign Ministry, which summarize Beijing’s position.