onsdag 24. mars 2021

China, Russia draw closer but suspicions die hard

Having bid good riddance to the cold of Anchorage and the frosty reception by United States Secretary of State Anthony Blinken, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi has just enjoyed the balmy weather with his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov in the Chinese resort city of Guilin.

Friendship was in the air when Wang and Lavrov bumped elbows in front of a media scrum on Monday. There was no such light occasion when senior Chinese and American diplomats met in Alaska. In Beijing, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying echoed her Russian counterpart Maria Zakharova’s take of the bromance between the neighbors. Hua said Beijing and Moscow would stand shoulder by shoulder against Washington’s “hegemonic bullying” and sanctions and defend global peace and justice.