Concern over Russian-Chinese cooperation grows in Washington
Wendy Sherman (Photo:REUTERS/Amanda Andrade-Rhoades/File Photo)
The United States is increasingly concerned about the partnership between Russia and China and the fact that the PRC is supporting Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine, U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman said on Feb. 15, as reported by CNN.
According to Sherman, Beijing is trying to raise its authority in foreign affairs by claiming it’s ready to “mediate” a peace deal between Ukraine and Russia.
“And at the same time, they are committed to their no limits partnership with Russia,” Sherman said.
“And we have, certainly, concern and growing concern about that partnership and the PRC’s support for this invasion.”
She also expressed concern about the Kremlin’s cooperation with Iran and North Korea. She stressed that Russian dictator Vladimir Putin will suffer a strategic defeat in Ukraine, and this is “going to create a lot of problems for those who are supporting this unholy invasion going forward.”
China refrains from criticizing Moscow’s brutal invasion of Ukraine.
Earlier, The Wall Street Journal reported that Xi Jinping instructed the Chinese government to establish closer economic ties with Russia. According to sources, China wants to increase its imports of Russian oil, expand energy cooperation, and increase investment in Russia's infrastructure.
Dec. 25, 2022, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi confirmed that Beijing would “deepen strategic mutual trust and mutually beneficial cooperation” with Russia.
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