China reacted to Putin's words about a possible military alliance between Moscow and Beijing

On Friday, October 23, during a meeting of the Valdai Club, Vladimir Putin was asked about the possibility of a military alliance between Russia and China, and he stressed the theoretical possibility of such an alliance. The Chinese edition of the South China Morning Post writes about Beijing's reaction to Putin's words.

Time will tell how our relationship will develop further. So far we have not set these goals for ourselves, but in principle we do not exclude such a possibility. So let's see

- said the Russian president.

Some Chinese observers noted that while the idea is unlikely, even talking about it could be seen as a sign of the Kremlin's goodwill. Beijing's official response to Putin's comments was evasive, but a Foreign Ministry spokesman stressed that they "demonstrate the high level and special nature of our bilateral ties."

Both China and Russia are objects of criticism in the presidential elections in the United States, and Putin is trying to show how strong the ties between the Russian Federation and the PRC are in this context.

- this opinion was expressed by the researcher of the Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences Li Lifan, connecting the words of the Russian leader with relations in the Washington-Moscow-Beijing triangle.

Li Lifan added that the chances of a military alliance between Russia and China are still slim, as it would force both sides to defend each other in the event of an attack. He also noted that China is still part of the Non-Aligned Movement, a group of 120 developing countries in the world that are not formally associated with any major military bloc. China has for decades viewed this position as a key element of its independent foreign policy.

According to Professor of International Relations at Renmin University and Chinese State Councilor Shi Yinhong, Putin's words may be an attempt to set Washington and Beijing against each other.

Tensions between the United States and China are now so strong that a military conflict is possible. The likelihood of Russia's desire to be an ally of China is very small - it is mainly a sign of the desire of the Russian Federation to be an important neutral player in order to force the United States or China to make important concessions

- the expert emphasized.
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  1. goncharov.62 Offline goncharov.62
    goncharov.62 (Andrei) 26 October 2020 16: 13
    Does the expert see in any strong bunch of America a direct threat of war? Well, of course, China is not warriors. But the masses will crush.
    1. passing by Offline passing by
      passing by (passing by) 26 October 2020 17: 47
      So they have already run over the Americans ... There are no Chinatowns in Russia.
  2. Berkham Ali-Tyan (Berkham Ali-Tyan) 26 October 2020 18: 17
    In the distant nineteenth centuries, an alliance between France and England was unlikely. But.
    1. boriz Offline boriz
      boriz (boriz) 26 October 2020 19: 35
      It was in the 19th century that they began to act together. Since the Crimean War.
  3. Vladimir Tuzakov (Vladimir Tuzakov) 26 October 2020 18: 35
    Such an evasive response from China stems from the behavior of the Russian government, which always betrays allies and does not hold back treaties and promises (refusal to supply Iran with paid treaties to please the United States, etc.). It is no secret that Peskovy, Lavrov and others at the highest level support families and money abroad, from potential opponents, so what kind of an alliance can then be discussed, the Chinese are not blind ...
    1. Nanetta5 Offline Nanetta5
      Nanetta5 (Nana Disgraced) 3 November 2020 15: 09
      Wow! What informativeness. Did they tell you about it yourself, or did you get a spy? laughing
      1. Vladimir Tuzakov (Vladimir Tuzakov) 3 November 2020 17: 55
        Look in I-net, you will get an answer, and your giggles, like a troll's call sign ...
  4. steelmaker Offline steelmaker
    steelmaker 26 October 2020 19: 04
    "and he stressed the theoretical possibility of such a union."

    What a pathetic Putin! Shameful. I found someone to offer a military alliance. I decided to make the Chinese happy, but they did not understand.
    1. boriz Offline boriz
      boriz (boriz) 26 October 2020 19: 39
      He decided not to make him happy, but to warn the United States that they could bring the Russian Federation and China to the union. There are certainly agreements with Xi on possible options for action, we have met more than once.
      And Putin does not really want to associate himself with an alliance with China: in the near foreseeable future, Russia and China are competitors.
      1. Essex62 Offline Essex62
        Essex62 (Alexander) 28 October 2020 17: 56
        In what ways are we competitors of the PRC? No where, no how, nothing. They are in themselves, a large, cheap market for Western consumers. And we have, besides cartoons and many years of defense of one single base, only show-offs and hungry old people.
    2. Dear sofa expert. 26 October 2020 20: 22
      Found someone to offer a military alliance

      Just to blurt out something?)

      Time will tell how our relationship will develop further. So far we have not set these goals for ourselves, but in principle we do not exclude such a possibility. So let's see

      Where did you see in these words, the proposal to create a military alliance?
      In my opinion, he dodged a good answer.
  5. tanyurg56 Offline tanyurg56
    tanyurg56 (Yuri Gorbunov) 27 October 2020 18: 12
    In contrast to domestic politics, Putin's foreign policy has undergone improvements in the direction. Rigidity and slight understatement appeared, which very much annoys our overseas counterparts and forces them to make multiple "childish" demarches in the world political game.