China hosts Russian foreign minister to discuss building ‘fair world order’

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov arrived in China on Wednesday for a meeting ostensibly focused on Afghanistan but touted by Russian media as a landmark in the new axis of global power formed by the two authoritarian nations.

Lavrov is officially in China for attend the third meeting of foreign ministers of countries neighboring Afghanistan, which begins on Thursday. Other participants include Tajikistan, Iran, Pakistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan.

controlled by the Russian state On Wednesday, Lavrov’s meeting with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi was touted as the main event of Lavrov’s trip.

“Unlike most Western nations and some Asian countries, Beijing has refused to condemn Moscow and has rejected calls to impose sanctions,” sniffed.

This screen grab taken on March 30, 2022 from video by state broadcaster China Central Television (CCTV) via AFPTV shows Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov (left) meets his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi during his first visit to China since Moscow launched its invasion of Ukraine in February, during their meeting in Huangshan in the Chinese province of Anhui. – The head of Moscow diplomacy landed in the eastern city of Huangshan early on March 30 for a series of meetings on the future of Afghanistan. (STR/CCTV/AFP via Getty Images)

Lavrov borrowed a page from Chinese propaganda when he denounced the United States and Europe for cynically and hypocritically using first Afghanistan, then Ukraine, as pawns to enforce Western ideals of human rights. man and democracy:

Both Lavrov and Wang said their meeting would help Russia and China create a “just” new world order to replace the declining American Century and the declining European alliance after World War II, according to RT:

Neighboring countries will work to achieve “a multipolar, just and democratic world order,” Lavrov said after arriving in Tunxi, a city in eastern China’s interior Anhui province, on Wednesday. Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova posted a photo of the two ministers greeting each other with a nudge.

Beijing has argued that economic restrictions are disrupting global trade and will not resolve the conflict. Officials insist that only dialogue and diplomacy can lead to peace.

According to TASS, Wang said that despite “new challenges” in relations between the two nations, “the will of both sides to develop bilateral relations has become even stronger.” The minister said this month that China’s relationship with Russia was “one of the most crucial bilateral relationships in the world” and hailed the friendship between the two men as “ironclad”. went off the rails a bit calling the Ukraine invasion an ‘attack’ – dictator Vladimir Putin’s regime is forcing Russians to call the conflict a ‘special military operation’, never an attack, a war or invasion – but dutifully justified it as Russia’s understandable reaction to “a seven-year standoff over kyiv’s failure to implement the terms of the Minsk agreements”.

the Minsk agreements were a “roadmap” to peacefully resolve the conflict between Ukraine, Russia and Russian-backed insurgents in the eastern Donbass region. All three parties have been accused of violating the agreements in various ways.

the Moscow time On Wednesday, Lavrov quoted that he was even more explicit about the new world order and that he apparently accepted Russia’s position as China’s junior partner in this endeavor:

US officials have accused China of signaling its “willingness” to provide military and economic aid to Russia, while President Joe Biden has compared the invasion of Ukraine to China’s crushing of protests on the Tiananmen Square in 1989.

But on Wednesday, Lavrov painted a picture of a new world order, saying the world was “going through a very serious stage in the history of international relations”.

“We, together with you and with our supporters, will move towards a multipolar, just and democratic world order,” Lavrov said in a video released by the Russian Foreign Ministry ahead of a meeting with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang. Yi.

the Moscow time noted that Chinese state media was curiously silent about the Wang-Lavrov meeting at press time, beyond publishing a few recycled quotes from Chinese officials that “China-Lavrov cooperation Russian has no limits”.

Deutsche Welle (DW) has seen China and Russia come together in their opposition to Western sanctions, with Wang offering China’s opposition to the massive sanctions imposed on Russia after its attack on Ukraine and Afghanistan, which could become a sort of pilot project for the alleged order created by Beijing and Moscow. Last week, Wang made his first visit to Kabul since the Taliban stormed Afghanistan and seized power in August.

China also has lucrative mining interests in Afghanistan, while Russia has bad memories after its brutal and frustrating occupation of the country in the 1980s.

CBS News suggested on Sunday that Russia could hope to banish the ghosts of the 1980s and restore some lost national pride by partnering with China to exert influence over Afghanistan, potentially developing a political narrative that the Sino- Russia was able to succeed where the United States failed disastrously.


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