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    The Chinese general in Moscow made a unique statement to the US

    When Vladimir Putin received Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi in the Kremlin, another Chinese minister, Colonel-General Wei Feng-ho, was already on his way from Moscow to Minsk. And although the foreign minister was the special representative of the Chinese leader, the statement of the defense minister was a sensation. Against the backdrop of the attack undertaken by the West, the two countries closed the ranks even more tightly.
    Wang Yi came to Moscow not only as Foreign Minister – but also as Special Envoy of President Xi Jinping. Such a status is added when it is really necessary to transfer an important message from one first person to another.
    This was the first contact of the leader of the DPRK with someone from foreign leaders. It is clear that it is extremely important for Russia and China, as two neighbors of North Korea, to exchange views on the Korean question – more precisely, about the crisis that the US has been developing over the course of the year for the North Korean nuclear missile program. At the same time, Putin’s meeting with Wang Yi was to take place a week ago, but then because of the tragedy in Kemerovo it was decided to postpone the arrival of the Chinese minister in Moscow. An additional background was also the strained relations between Russia and the West due to the expulsion of Russian diplomats from a number of Western countries, provoked by the case of Skripal Britain. As a result, Wang Yi arrived this week – when his counterpart in the government was still in Moscow, Defense Minister Wei Feng-ho,
    On Tuesday, on the eve of the conference, the general held talks with Sergei Shoigu – on the day the war began. The trade war between China and the United States – on increasing the Americans’ duties on a number of Chinese goods – Beijing responded with a symmetrical blow. Yes, the current shootout does not mean the commencement of a full-scale, and even more total, trade and economic war between the two largest countries of the world (capable of leading to the largest shocks of the entire world economy), but the chances for it have now grown significantly.
    The coincidence of the talks between Generals Wei and Shoigu with the first rumble of the economic duel was, of course, accidental – but from this word, spoken by the Chinese guest at the beginning of the talks, gained additional weight:
    “As the new Minister of Defense of China, I pay a visit to Russia to show the world the high level of development of our bilateral relations and the firm determination of our armed forces to strengthen strategic cooperation. The Chinese side came to let the Americans know about the close ties of the armed forces of China and Russia, especially in this situation. We have come to support you. “
    Wei was appointed minister only three weeks ago – but his words reflect the position of the entire Chinese leadership. To better understand this, the general immediately stressed that his visit “was coordinated with the Chairman of the People’s Republic of China, Xi Jinping.” In principle, this is understandable – but for the outside world it was also worth remembering.
    In this case, the main topic, requiring a detailed and frank story, was the recent visit of the North Korean leader Kim Jong-un to Beijing.
    Because what Colonel General Wei Fengha said is really unprecedented. Unlike Western politicians and military men, the Chinese never say anything personally about important and fundamental issues-nothing that does not reflect the “line of the party,” as we used to say before. Hence, every new wording or statement sounding from the lips of the highest Chinese leaders is given so much importance. Because on them it is possible to judge about emerging or already adopted decisions. And so the words of the Chinese general really are so important. Which ones?
    “We came to let the Americans know about the close ties of the armed forces of China and Russia, especially in this situation.”
    Under the situation, of course, the aggravation of the conflict with the West is understood because of the case of Skripal. But the words “letting Americans know” are unique. For the first time since the restoration of Sino-Russian relations three decades ago (with the late Gorbachev), Beijing makes it clear that relations between the two countries are important as a confrontation with the United States.
    Not that this was such a big secret – the Russian-Chinese rapprochement was caused by the deliberate strategic choice of the leadership of the two countries (made back in the 90’s, but reinforced in 2012, with the coming to power of Xi Jinping), and for us both the US strategic enemy. The point is not “against whom we are friends” – the main driver of the Russian-Chinese alliance is the understanding of the mutually beneficial and close relations, and only in the second place – the presence of a common enemy.
    That is why neither Moscow nor Beijing ever publicly pedaled the topic of general discontent with the actions of the US – condemning American policy as a whole, speaking of an obsolete unipolar world, speaking together on a variety of issues, including those for which the US had a completely different point of view for example, in Syria), Russia and China fought with Americans each on their own front and their own methods. Russia is more active and noisy, China, because of its much greater interdependence with the United States (some US PRCs on trillions of dollars) and the tactics chosen – is quieter. What did not abolish the fact that in general in the world we are bending the same line – with the help of the SCO, BRICS and just joint efforts – and this line, if greatly simplified, is called “the construction of the post-American multipolar world.”
    And now, China, which traditionally avoids mentioning a third party in the context of its relationship with another country, is changing its rules. “Letting the Americans Know” is simultaneously a demonstration of Russia’s fidelity to the course of further rapprochement, and an expression of discontent with American politics. Why did this happen right now?
    Trade war and diplomatic expulsion? But even more dissatisfaction with Beijing triggered recently signed by Trump the law on contacts with Taiwan – allowing travel of American officials to the island.
    It would seem that against the backdrop of existing US-Taiwanese trade and unofficial political relations, this is not such a big news. But this can only be thought of by a person who does not feel Chinese sentiment – and Trump caught the supporters of the rising game in US-China relations. Well, pressed through Korea, tried in the South China Sea, now we will push a little through Taiwan – all within the framework of a big game with Xi Jinping, a game to create an unprofitable and uncomfortable position for China.
    But in the case of Taiwan, this is an extremely stupid move – because the theme of “one China” is the most fundamental for Beijing. The country that begins to play the Taiwan card does not put pressure on the Chinese corn, but loses face in the eyes of Beijing. Trump already tried to play in Taiwan – when, after winning the election, he received a phone call from the president of this island and began to hint at the possibility of abandoning the principle of “one China”. Beijing’s reaction was then sharp, but at the same time, Trump was then able to achieve the set goals – a sudden meeting in Florida with Xi Jinping was precisely the result of the Chinese wanting to understand what to expect from such a non-respecting person.
    Now a new attempt to play the Taiwan card in addition to the trade war and the Korean crisis is perceived very badly by the Chinese leadership. If Minister Wei at the Moscow Conference on Security said that “the Chinese side is categorically against the law on contacts with Taiwan signed by the American side, which is a gross interference in China’s internal affairs; this undermines peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait, “the Chinese newspaper Global Times wrote that Beijing can strike back:
    “China can exert pressure on the United States in other areas of bilateral cooperation, for example, in matters of the Korean Peninsula, on the Iranian nuclear issue. China can also oppose the United States in international organizations such as the United Nations … The continent should also prepare for direct armed clashes in the Taiwan Strait. It must be made clear that the activation of formal exchanges between the United States and Taiwan will result in serious consequences for Taiwan. “
    It is clear that no war for Taiwan (the Chinese Crimea, as some like to compare some) will not come to pass – Beijing will return the island peacefully, as he did with Hong Kong. The provocative actions of the United States will only lead to the fact that the Russian-Chinese global strategic interaction will become even closer.
     After an attempt to isolate Russia, undertaken by the Atlantists in 2014, it seemed that they were unable to do anything more ambitious to consolidate Russian-Chinese relations. But, as current events show, there are no such heights that the players who could not understand do not understand the basics of geopolitics. After all, all reasonable American strategists simply pleaded with Obama that Trump did not “push Russia into the arms of China” or “China in the arms of Russia,” and in our opinion, not to cement the Russian-Chinese friendship. With such assistants to Moscow and Beijing, it will be increasingly difficult to avoid this term to describe bilateral relations.

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