World View: Ukraine/Russia Crisis Presents Problems for China
This morning's key headlines from GenerationalDynamics.com
- Ukraine - Russia crisis presents problems for China
- Relations between Ukraine and China
- China: 'There is no room for compromise'
- Libya in chaos, war threatened over North Korean tanker
Ukraine - Russia crisis presents problems for China
Ukraine's president Viktor Yanukovich and China's president Xi Jinping in December, signing a military and nuclear pact. (AFP)
Some commentators have said that China will face a difficult decision
in the United Nations Security Council when it has to decide whether
to side with Russia in its military intervention Ukraine's Crimea
region. China always takes the moral high ground by declaring that no
country should interfere internally with another country (which it
ignores when it comes to interfering in African countries). Thus, no
outsider should interfere with China's mass slaughtering of Tibetans,
for example, since that's an internal matter. So now China wants to
side with Russia, but has the dilemma of dealing with its "moral"
position of non-interference.
According to one report that I've heard, China has resolved this moral
dilemma by blaming the United States. According to China, it was the
"biased mediation" by the U.S. that interfered with Ukraine by
encouraging the original Maidan anti-government protesters to continue
protesting peacefully. Thus, according to this reasoning, it's OK
with China for Russia to invade Ukraine, because of the
U.S. interference in Ukraine's affairs. VOA and Want China Times
Relations between Ukraine and China
Oddly enough, China has close relations with Ukraine, with military,
trade and agricultural partnerships. In 2012 Ukraine became the
fourth-largest arms exporter in the world, with many of those exports
going to China. Beijing's first aircraft carrier, the Liaoning, was
built in Ukraine.
Perhaps even more surprising is that China has a nuclear pact with
Ukraine. On December 5, President Viktor Yanukovich signed an accord
with a clause that says that in the event of a nuclear attack or so
much as the threat of one, China would offer Kiev military support.
This pact is seen as sending a message to China's Asian neighbors
that China is a nuclear power and a growing military power and,
unlike the United States, is not afraid to use its military power
to get what it wants.
What it wants is a great deal of territory in the South China Sea, the
East China Sea, and Asia, including regions that have belonged to
other countries for centuries, that it would take immediately were
it not for the United States. Speaking to the National People's
Congress on Saturday, China's foreign minister Wang Yi
"We will not take anything that is not ours, but we
will defend every inch of territory that belongs to us. We will
never bully smaller countries, yet we will not accept unreasonable
denunciation from smaller countries.
There will not be any change to this position. We will more
actively practice our neighborhood diplomacy guideline of amity,
sincerity, mutual benefit and inclusiveness. ...
We are also willing to listen to the voices from our neighboring
countries and respond to the doubts about China’s neighborhood
diplomacy. ... [With regard to the disputes with Japan,] on the
two issues of principle, history and territory, there is no room
Foreign Policy and Al-Jazeera
China: 'There is no room for compromise'
I'm not sure what Wang Yi means by "We will never bully smaller
countries." China has been bullying smaller countries in the South
China Sea for years, and has already used its military might to annex
territories that have historically belonged to the Philippines and
Vietnam. It has clearly stated that it intends to use its military
power to annex multiple regions belonging to other countries in the
South China Sea, as well as the Senkaku/Diaoyu Islands governed by
Japan. China has also made repeated military incursions into India,
threatening to confiscate regions along their common border.
It would seem that China and Russia are completely on the same page.
Russia has invaded Ukraine's Crimea and will probably annex it to
Russia, and China plans to invade numerous neighboring regions and
In fact, China is also threatening Russia's Far East. Population in
the Far East has fallen 50% since the 1990s, while China has sent a
flood of illegal migrants to repopulate the region, and take advantage
of the rich natural resources. ( "22-Mar-11 News -- Russian offer of Japanese resettlement in Siberia raises xenophobic tensions")
This is consistent with what Generational Dynamics has been predicting
for years -- that in the approaching Clash of Civilization world war,
China, Pakistan and other countries will be allied against the U.S.,
India, Russia, and other countries. So the current relationship
between Russia and China is a friendship of convenience. Russia
and China were close to thermonuclear war in the 1960s, and they
will be at war again.
American commentators and politicians constantly worry about the
danger of war between Russia and the West, when there's actually
little chance of that. In the meantime, China is spending billions of
dollars every year developing and deploying new weapons systems that
have absolutely no purpose other than to permit a preemptive nuclear
missile attack on America's cities, aircraft carries, and military
installations. Indian Express
Libya in chaos, war threatened over North Korean tanker
Historically, the eastern and western regions of Libya have
been in conflict, and during the 2011 revolution that overthrew
Muammar Gaddafi, eastern and western rebels fought with each
other, as well as against Gaddafi forces. Now the eastern
region, formerly known as Cyrenaica and now called
the Barqa Region, are the rebels against the new government
in Tripoli in western Libya.
On Saturday, a North Korean tanker, the Morning Glory, docked in
As-Sidra in eastern Libya, and has been loaded with $38 million worth
of crude oil from Libya's wells. Tripoli is saying that the sale is
illegal, and has threatened to bomb the ship if it leaves port with
the oil. The rebel government says that if any harm comes to the
tanker, it would be "a declaration of war." Reuters and CNN
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