Recently, China managed to become a "senior" partner in relations with Russia, believes U.S. pundit John Bolton, a former national security advisor.
That’s according to The Hill, Ukrinform reports.
“It’s exactly right to say that we’re watching Russia slip increasingly under Chinese control,” he said. “This is China’s alliance it’s putting together, and Russia is the junior partner,” said Bolton.
At the same time, he emphasized that such relations between Moscow and Beijing are problematic for the United States. “That’s not good for any of us. I’d like to find ways to pry Russia away from China,” said the ex-advisor to Donald Trump.
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Bolton called on the current U.S. administration to react to the ongoing rapprochement between China, the Russian Federation, Iran, and North Korea. “We’re sitting still, and the Chinese, the Russians, Iran, North Korea, and several others, are moving to shore up their relations and threaten us in a lot of different places,” Bolton noted.
He also pointed out that China could benefit from the war in Ukraine, no matter how it ends. “One of the biggest winners of the war in Ukraine has been China,” Bolton said. “If Russia were to win, and at the maximum retake all of Ukraine, that would be a victory for China’s ally that would strengthen China as well,” the former national security advisor concluded.
As Ukrinform reported earlier, the U.S. Department of State said China had been supporting Russia’s war on Ukraine “in many ways.”
Washington warned Bejing that it would not hesitate to hold accountable any entities aiding Russia in its aggression toward Ukraine.
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China spends billions of dollars worldwide to circulate malign propaganda, including disinformation, consonant with Russia’s narratives regarding Ukraine.
As reported, China presented a 12-point “peace plan” that, according to Beijing, would help settle the conflict. However, many saw nothing constructive in the offered approach, noting that it seems to be more in line with the agenda pursued by the Kremlin.
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