China “In Agreement” with Russia over Crimea conflict

3 Mar

China have threatened to further expand the divide between the West and the East today, after refusing to condemn the recent actions of the Russian Federation as they continue to occupy Ukraine’s region of Crimea. This follows the major political upheaval in Ukraine that has left it vulnerable.

Currently the countries that have condemned Russia’s actions include: Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom and the United States, China will now not be looked on favourably by these nations due to their agreements with Russia.

China’s foreign ministry spokesman Qin Gang explained: “China has always upheld the principles of diplomacy and the fundamental norms of international relations. At the same time we also take into consideration the history and the current complexities of the Ukrainian issue.”

This follows news that Ukraine has asked the UN Security Council to come and protect them from continued Russian movements.

However, there are lingering doubts and concerns over the UN’s ability to prevent conflict. The Independent reported that Russia’s foreign minister Sergey Lavrov has already held talks with China over the possibility of vetoing any internationally sanctioned military action. This has raised theories that the UN needs reform, as both an aggressive Russia and an increasingly dominant China hold UN veto’s.

Decisions will need to be made quickly either way as conflict nears, Russia has already threatened Ukrainians forces to leave Crimea by Tuesday 5 a.m or face military assualt.

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3 Responses to “China “In Agreement” with Russia over Crimea conflict”

  1. jm5g13 March 4, 2014 at 11:37 am #

    I think this could be viewed as contradictory of China as in previous international crises they have sided which the view of upholding national sovereignty and the realist idea of an impermeable nation-state in a world where the borders are eroding. Shown by its late recognition of the new Libyan government and its refusal to cooperate at first. The same has been shown in Syria when it joined voices with Russia in opposing military strikes. So I think this could put a different light on its “peaceful rise” as China could just be investing in its ally Russia

    The Economist, China’s evolving foreign policy, The Libyan Dilema, 10/9/13, can be found at: http://www.economist.com/node/21528664

    The guardian, Syria crisis: China joins Russia in opposing military strikes, 5/9/13, can be fund at: http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/sep/05/syria-china-russia-opposing-military-strikes

    Both accessed 11:20 04/03/14

  2. rw14g11 March 6, 2014 at 3:21 pm #

    When the crisis first started I said that the only way Russia would back down is if China intervened. Sadly, this did not happen. I think for Russia, they need to remain allies with the Chinese and had the Chinese told them to stand down, they would have. Unfortunately the Chinese didn’t.

    I think for China, this doesn’t do their reputation with the west, especially the US, any favors. What many would have liked to see would be for China to take a leading position on this matter, and really solidify their position as a global superpower.

    • hd10g11 March 6, 2014 at 8:22 pm #

      I agree completely and this doesn’t look good for global peace. Both China and the US need to consider carefully how they react to this, as tensions between China and the US already exist. Wilt Russia and China being potential ‘communist’ allies against the US, there could be strong implications of a second ‘cold war’, or even world war 3 between the east and the west.

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