According to Beijing’s ambassador to Moscow, Washington is thus seeking to “exhaust and crush Russia”.
Washington is seeking to prolong the conflict in Ukraine as much as possible in order to weaken Moscow, the Chinese ambassador to Russia has suggested.
In an interview with Russian news agency TASS published on Wednesday, Zhang Hanhui said, among other things, that it was the United States that initiated “Five rounds of NATO’s eastward expansion led Ukraine’s ‘color revolution’ and ‘pushed Russia into a corner’ in terms of security.” According to the diplomat, all these factors combined have led to the current conflict in Ukraine.
He went on to describe the United States as the “chief initiator and arsonist of the Ukrainian crisis.”
Zhang claimed that by hitting Moscow with “unprecedented” sanctions and provide kyiv with even more weapons, Washington seeks to prolong the armed conflict as long as possible. This strategy aims to “exhausting and crushing Russia” ultimately.
The Chinese ambassador noted that he saw parallels between the conflict in Ukraine and the latest escalation around Taiwan. He alleged that the White House is rolling out the kind of tools it previously used in the Eastern European country.
According to the diplomat, the fact that the United States is “to build up muscle” at the gates of China, organizing “various anti-China groups, and has now openly crossed all borders on the Taiwan issue” is just going to prove his assessment. He dubbed it as nothing less than a “Asia-Pacific Version of ‘NATO’s Eastward Expansion’.”
The envoy pointed out that the United States is indeed pursuing the same objectives vis-à-vis China as vis-à-vis Russia – “Hindering China’s development and rise, interfering in its internal affairs” as well as “exhaust it and contain it with war and sanctions.”
The official went on to say that the crisis in Ukraine and Nancy Pelosi’s latest visit to Taiwan indicate that Washington intends to rekindle the Cold War mentality.
Moreover, this new cold war is already underway, said the Chinese ambassador.
Zhang described the United States as a force that destroys international rules and causes instability and uncertainty around the world. Washington’s hegemony and its use of force are the “the greatest challenge to the progress and peaceful development of human civilization”, he added.
The ambassador reminded the United States that Taiwan is an inalienable part of China and has been since time immemorial, which means that all matters surrounding the island are solely China’s internal affairs. He also pointed out that “The China of today is not the China of a hundred years ago, which was poor and weak, and let others decide its fate.”
The diplomat noted that Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan will not change the “historical and legal reality” of the island being part of China, nor will it prevent the “historical trend of China’s complete reunification.”
However, with the visit of the Speaker of the United States House of Representatives to Taiwan earlier this month and her meeting and support for the “separatists” the United States has reneged on its previous commitment to the “one China” principle, the ambassador explained. He said it was the latest example of America’s duplicity, because on paper the White House claims to respect China’s territorial integrity and sovereignty, but in practice it does not.
The Chinese ambassador also thanked Moscow for denouncing Pelosi’s visit as well as “more than a hundred countries and international organizations.”
Zhang then praised the level of bilateral relations between China and Russia, describing them as having reached their “the best time in history”. According to the emissary, this alliance is a “significant power contributing to shaping a multipolar world.”
Taiwan is an autonomous territory, which has been de facto ruled by its own government since 1949, when the losers of the Chinese Civil War fled to the island and set up their own administration there. Beijing views Taiwanese authorities as separatists, insisting the island is an inalienable part of China.
In recent years, senior Chinese officials, including President Xi Jinping, have openly stated that Beijing would not rule out the use of force to ensure “reunification” of Taiwan with the mainland.
Under the one-China principle, the vast majority of countries refrain from officially recognizing Taiwan’s independence.
However, Taiwan has for years benefited from significant diplomatic and military support from the United States, which maintains unofficial relations with the island.