American Decline

China-Russia partnership mature & stable, not targeting ‘third parties’ – FM Wang Yi

The torch of civilization is being passed to the East, as the BRIC Axis rises and the West descends into stagnation and tyranny.

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Russia's President Vladimir Putin (L) shakes hands with China's President Xi Jinping. (Reuters/Kim Kyung-Hoon)

Russia’s President Vladimir Putin (L) shakes hands with China’s President Xi Jinping. (Reuters/Kim Kyung-Hoon)

The strategic ties between China and Russia are mutually beneficial and based on trust and a tradition of supporting one another, said Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, emphasizing that the cooperation is mature and not targeted at third parties.

Describing China-Russia bilateral relations as stable and mature, the Chinese Foreign Minister has stated that Western political and economic pressure on Moscow will not affect mutual cooperation.

“The China-Russia relationship is not dictated by international vicissitudes and does not target any third party,” Wang Yi said at a press conference Sunday, in response to a question from Russia’s Sputnik news agency.

“The practical cooperation between China and Russia is based on mutual need, it seeks win-win results and has enormous internal impetus and room for expansion,” Yi said, adding that as “comprehensive strategic partners of coordination, China and Russia have a good tradition of supporting each other.”

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  1. I’ve often toyed with the idea that the USA looks a lot like the UK did a century ago; world superpower, navy rules the waves, etc. Look at us now. The American people don’t strike me as being the kind to take the fall from supremacy in as sanguine a fashion as we Brits did, though. And I do not relish a world dominated by the East; for all our criticism of our own side, I doubt it will be an improvement.

  2. I wonder if the world will enter a new phase that resembles the world order of a thousand years ago when the East was actually more prosperous and advanced than the West.

    The East lacks the classical liberal tradition of the West, and it has strong autocratic traditions in comparison. At the same time, I wonder if the East is less susceptible to getting caught up in purification crusades (the progressivism you and I have discussed in the past, for example) than the West. For instance, banning alcohol would be unthinkable in Russia, China, Japan or virtually anywhere outside the Muslim world. It would be like banning water. But it actually happened in supposedly liberal, progressive, enlightened, democratic, blah, blah, blah America.

  3. This is an interesting piece by an English expatriate working in China that appeared on LRC some years ago, where he compares living in the two countries:

    This is one of the more interesting passages:

    “Probably one of the most refreshing things I found was that I had escaped from the world of political correctness. In many ways I actually had more freedom to speak here than I had in the UK. I remember once being with a group of teachers when one suggested that we should no longer mark in red ink because it was “such an angry colour.” Nobody dared to laugh or say something like “Are you serious!” We had all learned to behave in a particular way. PC had grown to such a point that not only did it control our speech patterns but, more importantly, it now controlled our thought patterns and behaviour — as it was intended to do. Time was actually spent seriously discussing this “pressing issue.”

    No, no more of this lunacy. It has actually got worse since I left. I hope I never have to endure it again.”

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