Chinese Foreign Minister's Visit to Russia Signals Strengthening Ties, Analysts Say

China-Russia ties strengthen amid US concerns over China's support for Russia in Ukraine war, as Chinese FM visits Moscow and US seeks to pressure China to use its influence to help end the conflict.

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Chinese Foreign Minister's Visit to Russia Signals Strengthening Ties, Analysts Say

Chinese Foreign Minister's Visit to Russia Signals Strengthening Ties, Analysts Say

Chinese Foreign Minister Qin Gang's official visit to Russia this week is a clear indication of the strengthening ties between China and Russia, according to analysts. The visit comes amid growing concerns from the United States and its allies over China's continued support for Russia during the ongoing war in Ukraine.

Experts suggest that the primary objective of Qin Gang's visit is to deepen the strategic partnership between China and Russia, which the U.S. sees as a major challenge. The visit is seen as a demonstration of China's commitment to its relationship with Russia, despite international pressure to distance itself from Moscow.

The United States has accused China of assisting Russia in carrying out its biggest militarization since Soviet times by providing components that Russia uses for its military expansion in Ukraine. "China has been providing Russia with critical components and inputs for its weapons production, despite claims of neutrality," said a U.S. official.

However, China has strongly denied these accusations, stating that it has the right to maintain normal trade ties with all countries, including Russia. The Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson emphasized that China has maintained an "objective and just position" on the Ukraine issue and has never thrown "oil on the flames."

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken has pledged to raise this issue with Chinese officials during his upcoming visit to Beijing, where he will press them to use their leverage over Russia to help end the war. Blinken is also expected to urge China to use its influence with Iran to prevent the conflict in Gaza from escalating further.

Why this matters: The strengthening ties between China and Russia have significant implications for global geopolitics, particularly in the context of the ongoing war in Ukraine. As the U.S. and its allies seek to support Ukraine and pressure Russia to end the conflict, China's stance and actions will play a critical role in shaping the outcome.

Despite the U.S. efforts to draw new red lines for China and warn of potential sanctions, analysts believe it will be difficult to drive a wedge between Russia and China, given their "no-limits partnership" and shared outlooks. As the war in Ukraine continues, the international community will closely watch the developments in the China-Russia relationship and their impact on the global stage.

Key Takeaways

  • China-Russia ties strengthening amid Ukraine war, despite U.S. pressure.
  • China denies U.S. accusations of assisting Russia's military expansion in Ukraine.
  • Blinken to raise China's support for Russia during upcoming Beijing visit.
  • U.S. and allies seek to drive wedge between China and Russia, but analysts doubt success.
  • China-Russia partnership's impact on global geopolitics closely watched amid Ukraine war.