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Kremlin has reason to worry: ISW explains China's position on Russia and the war in Ukraine

Maryna PohorilkoWorld
ISW believes that the Kremlin has reason to be concerned about relations with China

The Kremlin is concerned about China's position on bilateral relations with Russia. Despite Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov's statements about a "comprehensive partnership" and common international interests, Beijing is unwilling to participate fully in it.

In addition, China continues to hold the upper hand in Russian-Chinese relations, despite recent reports of its willingness to increasingly assist Russia in the military operations in Ukraine. This is stated in the analysis of the American Institute for the Study of War (ISW).

They drew attention to Russian media reports after Lavrov's meetings with Chinese President Xi Jinping and Foreign Minister Wang Yi in Beijing on April 9. According to Russian media reports, the two sides discussed joint efforts by Russia and China to combat the West's perceived "dual containment."

Lavrov said that the Russian-Chinese "comprehensive partnership and strategic cooperation" had reached an "unprecedented level" and that Russia and China had mutual international interests and would coordinate efforts to resolve internal and external problems.

Analysts also note that China and Russia "exchanged views" on possible ways to end the war in Ukraine. Both sides called international meetings discussing ending the war without Russia "useless." In addition, Moscow positively assesses China's proposals, probably referring to the 12-point "peace plan" that China unveiled in February 2023.

"The ISW continues to assess that the Kremlin is concerned about China's reluctance to fully participate in the unlimited partnership desired by Russia," the report said.

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