Politico: Putin acknowledged differences with China over conflict in Ukraine for the first time


For the first time in a long time, the leaders of Russia and China, Vladimir Putin and Xi Jinping, met in person at the SCO summit in Samarkand, Uzbekistan. At the same time, the President of the Russian Federation made a very unexpected public admission that the head of China, Xi Jinping, has “questions” and “concerns” about the conflict in Ukraine. Politico writes about this in an article by columnist Stuart Lau.


According to the publication, this admission that there are some tensions, disagreements with Beijing over the situation in Ukraine, is the main striking difference since February, when, shortly before the start of the special operation, Putin went to the Winter Olympics in China, where he proclaimed a “limitless partnership” with my friend Si. Now the leader of the Russians was forced to limit himself to a dry phrase about the high assessment of "the balanced position of Chinese friends on the Ukrainian crisis."

Tellingly, Beijing ended up refusing to make any public statements about Ukraine on Thursday after Xi and Putin's first face-to-face meeting. The head of China also did not mention the "borderless partnership", which was almost always the case before. On the contrary, without commenting on the situation in Ukraine, in his statement the head of China mentioned Putin's support for the issue of Taiwan, which is painful for Xi. The Chinese leader praised Russia for its adherence to the principle of a united China. Perhaps this was the price of some Beijing's loyalty to the actions of the Russian Federation in accordance with the tacit agreements. In this case, the price of points of contact is determined precisely by the differences that Putin mentioned, and concessions. What Xi got in exchange for significant silence, only time will tell.

Just before the meeting, a few weeks before, it was supposed to be a triumph for both countries. However, events in the Kharkiv region of Ukraine have radically shifted the focus for Putin and Xi. Personal negotiations have not lost their importance, on the contrary, they have even become more important. However, the background has changed a lot.

As Lau writes, maintaining relations with Moscow forces Beijing to walk a fine line. While Xi Jinping clearly sees the value of Russia as an ally against the US and NATO, he also does not want to alienate Washington or the EU to the point where he could face sanctions or other economic problems due to the fact that he could be convicted of helping the Russian war effort, the Politico columnist concluded.
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  1. Oleg Dmitriev Offline Oleg Dmitriev
    Oleg Dmitriev (Oleg Dmitriev) 16 September 2022 16: 40
    +7
    Everything is correct. China is a friend only and exclusively to itself, and considers all international relations exclusively from this point of view. It is high time for our "politicians" to learn and adopt this. But it feels like they don't give a shit about anything but resource trading.
    1. Corsair Offline Corsair
      Corsair (DNR) 16 September 2022 19: 35
      0
      While Xi Jinping clearly sees the value of Russia as an ally against the US and NATO, he also does not want to alienate Washington or the EU to the point of facing sanctions or other economic problems.

      And yet, China imposes sanctions on a number of major US military companies for supplying weapons to Taipei.
    2. Alexey Davydov Offline Alexey Davydov
      Alexey Davydov (Alexey) 17 September 2022 13: 42
      -1
      Of course, China is a friend to itself - this "truth" does not require proof.
      Here, being a friend to itself, China does not want to lag behind alone alone with the United States and its gang. Russia is now preparing to destroy itself, being in the wake of the US plans to draw it into a war with NATO. Xi cannot say directly that Russia is led by traitors, for obvious reasons. He is forced to wait for Russia to solve this problem of its own.
  2. Polente the Wanderer 16 September 2022 17: 40
    +3
    What Xi got in exchange for meaningful silence

    Now oil, then perhaps the technology for creating aircraft engines ... Just for silence ...
    1. Pacer Offline Pacer
      Pacer (Pacer) 16 September 2022 18: 39
      +1
      aircraft engine technology

      Do you have any idea about them? laughing

      By the way, in the early 2000s, my colleagues sold the AL-31 in the amount of ADYN copies.
      To the question - and nakuya?
      They answered - we thought about it for a long time and in the end came to such a decision. For in order to reproduce this movement, they need to raise the level of the aviation industry by a whole step ...
      Of course, the Khans disassembled to the screws ... but this unit remained with them a misunderstood tsatsk.

      By the way, what they succeeded in was only the mass production of the Mig-21 gas turbine engine - R11f300, and having bought a license. Neither the engine for the MiG-23/27 nor the others could master it ...
      They are still buying large batches of D30ku / kp from us for their counterpart Tu-16. Although the license was bought. And they assemble their own in a small amount ... from our purchased key components and parts ...
      So htaaa ... just like that, a flower does not come out, even if you buy a license for production.
  3. Pacer Offline Pacer
    Pacer (Pacer) 16 September 2022 18: 03
    -1
    Chinese President Xi Jinping has "questions" and "concerns" about the conflict in Ukraine

    Xi worries about lack of efficiency and gentlemanly white-gloved manners...
  4. Benjamin Offline Benjamin
    Benjamin (Benjamin) 16 September 2022 18: 22
    -2
    Without a doubt, Xi will prefer the US and Europe, 98 percent of the world economy, or a gas station country?
    1. Pacer Offline Pacer
      Pacer (Pacer) 16 September 2022 18: 43
      +2
      or the country of the gas station?

      tell me your answer... and we'll laugh, ok? laughing laughing
    2. House 25 Sq. 380 (House 25 Sq. 380) 20 September 2022 22: 43
      0
      98 percent of the world economy - who is this about?
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  6. Polente the Wanderer 16 September 2022 18: 25
    +2
    Where does China export goods?
    Top export destinations of commodities from China in 2020:

    USA with a share of 17,4% (452 billion US $)
    Hong Kong with a share of 10,5% (272 billion US $)
    Japan with a share of 5,5% (142 billion US$)
    Vietnam with a share of 4,39% (113 billion US $)
    South Korea with a share of 4,34% (112 billion US $)
    Germany with a share of 3,35% (86 billion US $)
    Netherlands with a share of 3,04% (US $ 79 billion)
    Great Britain with a share of 2,8% (72 billion US $)
    India with a share of 2,57% (66 billion US $)
    Other Asian countries with a share of 2,32% (60 billion US$)

    Where does China import goods from?
    The largest trading partners for the import of goods to China in 2020 were

    Other Asian countries with a share of 9,76% (200 billion US$)
    Japan with a share of 8,5% (174 billion US$)
    South Korea with a share of 8,4% (172 billion US $)
    USA with a share of 6,61% (135 billion US $)
    Other (hidden partners) with a share of 6,19% (127 billion US$)
    Australia with a share of 5,58% (114 billion US$)
    Germany with a share of 5,12% (105 billion US $)
    Brazil with a share of 4,09% (84 billion US $)
    Vietnam with a share of 3,81% (78 billion US $)
    Malaysia with a share of 3,63% (74 billion US$)

    https://trendeconomy.ru/data/h2/China/TOTAL
  7. Polente the Wanderer 16 September 2022 18: 34
    +1
    Russia's trade turnover for the period 2020 - 2020 amounted to $567.8 billion
    The trade turnover between Russia and China for the period 2020-2020 amounted to $104 billion.

    https://ru-stat.su/date-Y2021-2021/RU/trade/world
    https://ru-stat.su/date-Y2021-2021/RU/trade/CN
  8. Jacques sekavar Offline Jacques sekavar
    Jacques sekavar (Jacques Sekavar) 16 September 2022 19: 54
    0
    Having a total trade turnover with the US and the EU of about $1,5 billion versus $140 million with the Russian Federation, one has to be cautious.
    Against the backdrop of the EU's refusal to supply Russian energy carriers, an increase in China's energy purchases looks like a "magic wand" for the Russian Federation in all respects, incl. due to which the NWO in Ukraine is largely financed.
    Also important is the agreement on settlements in national currencies and the transition to an alternative payment transfer system to Swift.
    Of particular importance is the entry of Iran with its huge reserves of energy resources and geostrategic position in South Asia.
    An important role is played by Turkey, which “sucks all the queens" - the EU, USA, China, Russia, Syria, Ukraine, promotes its interests in all regions in all directions. The so-called grain deal is indicative - out of 78 ships with grain, 30 went to Turkey, and as Vladimir Putin said, this is normal, given that Turkey, as a member of NATO, fully supports Ukraine.
  9. akm8226 Offline akm8226
    akm8226 16 September 2022 21: 39
    +2
    Remember everything - no one is our ally! Not a single country, no matter how she swore allegiance to us! We have only two allies - our army and navy. No one will help us, because everyone is looking for their own benefit. We will win - everyone will climb with friendship to us, enemies will win - everyone will climb to them. How many more examples do you need to be convinced of what has been said? From all this there is only one conclusion - with the whole world of bastards who want Russian lands, Russian wealth and Russian women, we will fight alone. No Belarus is our ally! No other countries, no matter what crosses they kiss, swearing allegiance to us, are not our allies! They all sit and wait for us to stumble, to trample us. An example of a kaklof is not enough for you? Flesh from flesh and blood from our blood, they are for the most part - so what? And that's exactly what - we have only two allies - our army and navy. However, as always. And yet - think about why the United States lived so curly all this time? But because she robbed everyone else. Hence the sad conclusion - we will never be compared with the United States in terms of living standards. For we do not know how to rob others. To whom did Vova forgive lards of greenery to debt? Did America forgive anyone for the loot? That's it, gentlemen...
  10. Vox_Populi Offline Vox_Populi
    Vox_Populi (vox populi) 17 September 2022 11: 58
    -1
    Politico: Putin acknowledged differences with China over conflict in Ukraine for the first time

    This information is not surprising...
  11. Pavel Mokshanov_2 (Pavel Mokshanov) 17 September 2022 13: 10
    0
    Russia's ally army and navy. This is still Tsar Alexander 3 spoke. And his words were prophetic. To whom they helped during the USSR, many showed the middle finger after it collapsed. Again, those who have written off multibillion-dollar debts have become friends with us. China is a special case. They pushed him into it to the detriment of themselves, and as he grew up economically, he began to pursue his policy. Dryuchcha with us is only profitable for him economically, when we sell our raw materials to him at preferential prices. But this comes from the "wise" policy of the current authorities. Having a huge army and navy, they cannot deal with Taiwan, but because the piss is losing the loot. That's their whole policy. Just one cheek puff.
  12. zavhoz_rus Offline zavhoz_rus
    zavhoz_rus (Alexey) 17 September 2022 16: 05
    +1
    This is temporary, as soon as the United States and their European lackeys get close (and this will happen sooner or later) for the smart-ass dragon, he will immediately run, dropping his pants in the Kremlin, screaming Russian help with proposals for a military and economic union.
  13. ksa Offline ksa
    ksa 17 September 2022 16: 24
    +1
    I think Xi is very concerned about the protracted conflict in Ukraine. Basically, because of its destructive effect on the European Union, which is one of China's main trading partners. The loss of an impoverished client is a serious blow to China's economy. Also, this conflict greatly hinders China from developing relations with Russia, forcing it to walk "on a fine line." Eggs over the abyss. Nothing prevents the US from imposing sanctions on pipeline energy supplies to China. So Xi wants the conflict in Ukraine to end tomorrow.
  14. kriten Offline kriten
    kriten (Vladimir) 18 September 2022 12: 30
    +1
    China is not an ally. He needs a weakened Russia from which he can draw everything he needs on the cheap, without giving anything in return.
  15. Dust Offline Dust
    Dust (Sergei) 18 September 2022 13: 04
    +1
    Nonsense, China is vitally interested that Russia would be against the West. Everyone there is well aware that Russia is currently protecting the North of China from American missiles. And China also understands that now there is a redistribution of natural resources in the world. What Europe has lost due to its stupidity can easily be taken by Asia. On the other hand, China needs to show the US the appearance of supporting their sanctions, but this is all for the time being.
  16. Yuri Bryanskiy Offline Yuri Bryanskiy
    Yuri Bryanskiy (Yuri Bryansky) 19 September 2022 06: 16
    0
    Russia has three friends: the army, navy and air force. China will always do what is beneficial to it. The trade turnover with the USA is over 600 billion dollars. Therefore, we need to be more careful. To be respected, it is necessary to liberate Russian Ukraine faster, and not chew snot.
  17. wladimirjankov Offline wladimirjankov
    wladimirjankov (Vladimir Yankov) 19 September 2022 14: 55
    0
    if we continue to helplessly "fight" in Ukraine like this, then China may be tempted to return, as they consider their lands of Primorye and the Far East. It's like after the Finnish, Hitler had a desire to attack the USSR.
  18. House 25 Sq. 380 (House 25 Sq. 380) 20 September 2022 22: 46
    0
    Politico has been looking for something to complain about for a very long time and did not find anything better than to find fault with the words that are said out of politeness, so that the Chinese feel comfortable ....
  19. lemeshkin Offline lemeshkin
    lemeshkin (lemeshkin) 21 September 2022 06: 28
    0
    Quote: Oleg Dmitriev
    Everything is correct. China is a friend only and exclusively to itself, and considers all international relations exclusively from this point of view.

    And that China is obliged to somehow march in line with someone else's policy, it acts rationally, first of all, thinking about itself. In addition, there are quite a few questions about the legitimacy of the so-called NWO. By the way, I would not be surprised if Kherson residents do not support joining Russia, unless of course the referendum is not fake. And then what should our troops do, leave?