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Hong Kong press: China is unlikely to take sides in the conflict between Russia and Ukraine

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The conflict between Russia and Ukraine, which may go into a military phase, also concerns China, which is developing ties with both countries. However, in this conflict, Beijing is unlikely to take sides, preferring to remain neutral, writes the Hong Kong edition of the South China Morning Post.


In Europe, fears are growing that Russia will send its troops to Ukraine, since, according to Kiev and Washington, the Russian army is concentrated on the Ukrainian border. Moscow opposes NATO's eastward expansion, while Kiev, on the contrary, strives to join this alliance. Against this background, the confrontation can develop into a military conflict, in which China has no place, the author of the article writes. Feng Yujun, director of the Center for Russian and Central Asian Studies at Fudan University, said in this regard that Beijing is trying to improve relations with both Moscow and Kiev.

According to the expert, over the past decade, China has significantly strengthened ties with Russia, not only in the economic but also in the military sphere, by concluding a number of new treaties and updating old ones. Moscow and Beijing are working together to resist pressure from Washington. At the same time, China is developing relations with Ukraine, trying to push its business through it to Europe. Beijing and Kiev have signed several contracts for the construction of airports and railways in Ukraine, Chinese companies are involved in many projects. Thus, both countries are partners with China, so it is unlikely to take sides.

This is also the opinion of Wang Yiwei, an international relations expert at the People's University of China. In his opinion, the conflict between Russia and Ukraine is an intra-European conflict and does not concern China. He confirmed that Beijing has good relations with both Moscow and Kiev (despite the problems with Motor Sich), so interference is out of the question.

According to Liu Weidong, a researcher at the Institute of International Relations of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, Beijing has neither the desire nor the military ability to intervene in this conflict on whose side.

The article was commented on by readers, most of whom came to the conclusion that China really has nothing to do on the "European front" when its problems are full. Some readers suggested that Russia make a choice between China and India, while others drew attention to the fact that the United States does not intend to fight for Ukraine, suggesting that it "try" the option with Taiwan.
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  1. Vladimir_2U
    Vladimir_2U 13 December 2021 08: 36
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    Against this background, the confrontation can develop into a military conflict in which China has no place, the author of the article writes.

    I hope that it will not reach at all, but if anything, then China will squint more closely towards Taiwan, because the USA will probably be distracted by the "threat" in Ukraine. And this will distract the US back.
    1. Aerodrome
      Aerodrome 13 December 2021 10: 16
      -1
      Hong Kong press: China is unlikely to take sides in the conflict between Russia and Ukraine
      Hong Kong press, teach geography.
      1. SKVichyakow
        SKVichyakow 13 December 2021 10: 45
        +1
        Quote: Aerodrome
        Hong Kong press: China is unlikely to take sides in the conflict between Russia and Ukraine
        Hong Kong press, teach geography.

        In this case, the distance is not important, because you can not only send troops, economically, politically. I think we will not fit in the same way for Taiwan.
        1. Vladimir Mashkov
          Vladimir Mashkov 13 December 2021 18: 31
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          In the event of a military conflict between Ukraine and Russia, will China remain neutral? I doubt! But let's see ... lol
        2. poquello
          poquello 13 December 2021 21: 00
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          Quote: SKVichyakow
          I think we will not fit in the same way for Taiwan.

          do you know why? because we are not needed there, the Chinese can do it themselves
    2. alex neym_2
      alex neym_2 13 December 2021 10: 18
      +1
      That's right: China does not get involved in the Russia-Ukraine conflict, and Russia-China-Taiwan ...
    3. populist
      populist 13 December 2021 10: 26
      0
      In the event of a conflict in Ukraine, a very advantageous situation will arise for China. A kind of bifurcation point that can only repeat itself once every 200 years.
      So, the PRC may well climb into Taiwan if they consider the moment to be profitable for themselves.
  2. wandlitz
    wandlitz 13 December 2021 08: 40
    +3
    In the conflict between Russia and Ukraine, China is unlikely to take sides
    There is nothing wrong with that .... The main thing is that it will not oppose Russia.
    1. Ross xnumx
      Ross xnumx 13 December 2021 09: 37
      +4
      Hong Kong press: China is unlikely to take sides in the conflict between Russia and Ukraine

      China is unlikely to side with Russia in any conflict between Russia and another country that is not a threat to China.
      Not difficult? Clear? If so, then I will not remind you about the river and the corpses of enemies.
      1. Lavr75
        Lavr75 13 December 2021 19: 41
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        As the Japanese said, China is a fat monkey that sits on a tree and watches tigers fight ...
  3. pyagomail.com
    pyagomail.com 13 December 2021 08: 42
    +6
    Beijing has good relations with both Moscow and Kiev,
    Firstly, neither Beijing's mediation nor its assistance to Russia in matters with Ukraine is needed - we will handle it ourselves, and secondly, after Kiev threw the Chinese with Motor Sich, I do not think that their relations are very good, so moreover, that Ukraine is the loyal tobacco of the United States, and at the slightest desire of the United States will do something wrong to China, without even thinking about the consequences.
  4. bar
    bar 13 December 2021 08: 45
    +6
    in this conflict, Beijing is unlikely to take sides

    It is quite logical. In the same way, Moscow is unlikely to take any side in the event of a conflict between China and even India or someone else. The times of world wars, I hope, are over. And everyone resolves local conflicts himself.
  5. Victor_B
    Victor_B 13 December 2021 08: 52
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    Quote: Vladimir_2U
    China squints more closely towards Taiwan

    How much more closely squinting?
    Against this background, the confrontation can develop into a military conflict in which China has no place
    So Russia has no place in the conflict between China and Taiwan.
    And also in his quite possible conflict with the United States and / or with Japan.
  6. askort154
    askort154 13 December 2021 08: 57
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    At the same time, China is developing relations with Ukraine, trying to push its business through it to Europe.

    This is how? A smuggling corridor?
    Ukraine has already thrown China twice, twice $ 3 billion each.
    The only thing that binds China to Ukraine so far is the engines for Chinese tanks. And this is the largest Ukrainian export for today, which means that the largest profit comes from China.
  7. zwlad
    zwlad 13 December 2021 09: 20
    +2
    Hong Kong press: China is unlikely to take sides in the conflict between Russia and Ukraine

    Well, you have to be a complete idiot to get into a war (which I hope not to happen) on the side of Ukraine.
    And the Russian Federation and without China, if that is an excellent job.
  8. Mountain shooter
    Mountain shooter 13 December 2021 09: 25
    +1
    They look far away. Russia will not need China's help in the European showdown. But will China cope with the United States without Russia's help? At least as a tacit guarantor of the supply of deficits (energy carriers, raw materials, etc.) ...
  9. rocket757
    rocket757 13 December 2021 09: 27
    +2
    Hong Kong press: China is unlikely to take sides in the conflict between Russia and Ukraine
    ... All of their problems have enough ... and of course, everyone cares about their own interests first of all. Nothing new was said.
  10. Two
    Two 13 December 2021 09: 30
    +3
    It is logical! We, too, will not fit into the showdown of teapots with Taiwan.
  11. kostavit
    kostavit 13 December 2021 09: 30
    -1
    China is now actively sending its guys to Siberia and Primorye for part-time jobs. Our women are happy to marry hard-working and non-drinking Chinese. They give birth to Chinese women. And look at the geographic maps they are printing now. What are the names of the lands beyond the Ural ridge? Taiwan they have a tactical task, but what a strategic one - guess for yourself.
    1. Kronos
      Kronos 13 December 2021 09: 34
      +2
      It is logical. The weaker Russia is, the more profitable it is for China.
    2. ultra
      ultra 13 December 2021 09: 41
      0
      Taiwan is a strategic task for them.
    3. VORON538
      VORON538 12 January 2022 15: 17
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      What are you talking about, the border for migrant workers from China to the Far East has been closed for almost 2 years, China does not send anyone and anywhere, except in the inflamed brain of a powder-lover lolThe Chinese don't drink? Have you ever seen a living Chinese? Or they wrote to you in the manual: the Chinese captured Siberia and the Far East. wassat
  12. faiver
    faiver 13 December 2021 09: 34
    +2
    In the conflict between Russia and Ukraine, China is unlikely to take sides
    - it’s as if it’s clear, it makes no sense to support the losing side, and the winning side does not need support ...
  13. APASUS
    APASUS 13 December 2021 09: 47
    +2
    This is to be expected. China is more of a fellow traveler, not an ally.
  14. Al_lexx
    Al_lexx 13 December 2021 09: 53
    +1
    Misunderstandings ..
    Why should they (China) interfere in any way in our relations with Ukraine? They have enough of their own affairs in Kazakhstan, and throughout almost all of our Central Asia.
  15. svp67
    svp67 13 December 2021 09: 57
    0
    Hong Kong press: China is unlikely to take sides in the conflict between Russia and Ukraine
    Of course, of course ... that's just the question with Taiwan ... how can that be ...
  16. Andrew ))))))
    Andrew )))))) 13 December 2021 10: 07
    0
    it is in Kiev that those American puppets who made a coup in Ukraine climb into the NATO alliance, but this does not mean that the population of most of the country wants this, those who can be punished for the illegal seizure of power want, after all, after the so-called "revolution" Not a single promise of this gang of watering cans has been fulfilled, because if they enter the bloc, then in fact they will introduce occupation troops from all over Europe and America to Ukraine, such as Poroshenko, Turchynov, and other puppets will immediately feel calmer in their souls under the protection of the invaders.
  17. Kerensky
    Kerensky 13 December 2021 10: 24
    -1
    As far as I understand, Ukraine has turned for help there too. Well, they answered through the media.
  18. Ural resident
    Ural resident 13 December 2021 10: 34
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    And what does China have to do with it? What is this statement for ?. Where is China, where is Ukraine ...
  19. Misza
    Misza 13 December 2021 12: 35
    -1
    Why does China need such a large army? Are they afraid of an American invasion or are they ready to attack someone?
  20. sen
    sen 13 December 2021 15: 30
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    Hong Kong press: China is unlikely to take sides in the conflict between Russia and Ukraine

    China is on your mind. When we supported him in a training exercise in the South China Sea, that's okay, but if we need support, he's on the sidelines.
  21. alystan
    alystan 13 December 2021 15: 32
    -1
    The conflict between Russia and Ukraine, which may go into a military phase, also concerns China, which is developing ties with both countries.

    In my humble conviction, the development of relations between China and Ukraine has stalled exactly at the Zaporozhye Motor Sich plant.
  22. viktor.
    viktor. 13 December 2021 16: 49
    0
    When brothers fight, enemies are waiting! yes
  23. evolution
    evolution 13 December 2021 19: 21
    -1
    Chinese people think , Contradiction between brothers cannot interfere
  24. hohohol
    hohohol 13 December 2021 20: 04
    -1
    So Russia will not interfere if China and Taiwan begin to bother. Why, these are their purely family graters, they will figure it out themselves.