“China is excited to work with Russia to elevate Sino-Russian relations to a higher degree in a new era” (Beijing)

Moscow and Beijing stand together against the United States. This Wednesday, Russia and China reaffirmed their “unlimited” friendship, three weeks after it was described as “solid as a rock” by China’s head of diplomacy, Wang Yi. To the chagrin of Western powers, particularly the United States, which has always suspected Beijing of wanting to support Russia to reduce the impact of sanctions while Chinese authorities have not condemned Russia’s war on Ukraine. This Wednesday, in Tunxi, Anhui province, eastern China, after an exchange with Sergei Lavrov, Russia’s head of diplomacy, the same Wang Yi stated that China and Russia are “more determined to develop bilateral relations. relationship and more confident in developing their cooperation in various fields. ”On March 7, the The prospects for future cooperation have already been judged by Wang Y to be “severe”. Beijing’s political and economic relations have been very strong since Russia’s invasion of Crimea in 2014 and previous sanctions against the Putin regime.

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A new world order

Si SeAccording to a statement from the Russian Foreign Ministry, the two men condemned the “illegal and counter-productive” sanctions imposed by Moscow on the “United States and its satellites” since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine on February 24. .

Sergei Lavrov even saw these punishments the arrival of a new world order.

“We are living at a serious stage in the history of international relations,” he said, in a video interview released in Moscow.

“I am convinced that by the end of this period, the international situation will become clearer and that we (…) will move towards a multipolar, just, democratic world order”, he launched Wang. Yi.

“China looks forward to working with Russia to elevate China-Russia relations in a new era, guided by the consensus reached by heads of state,” Wang Yi said.

“Our opposition to hegemony is limitless,” Chinese diplomacy spokesman Wang Wenbin assured, when asked about the Russian minister’s visit.

The two ministers agreed on Wednesday that Russia and China would continue to strengthen their strategic partnership and speak “with one voice” on world affairs. A few weeks before the war in Ukraine, Vladimir Putin himself was warmly received by his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping in Beijing. The two countries are already celebrating an “unlimited” friendship and have criticized NATO’s “extension”.

“It is our responsibility in the United States to work for peace” (Xi Jinping)

The Chinese talks are different from the statements made by Chinese President Xi Jinping to Joe Biden in an exchange on March 18. The Chinese president considers that not the military conflicts. “without anyone’s interest”. “The crisis in Ukraine is not something we want to see” will happen, said the Chinese head of state.

“As permanent members of the UN Security Council and as the world’s two leading economies, we have a responsibility not only to guide China-US relations on the right path, but also to shoulder our international responsibilities and to work for world peace and tranquility ”, he entrusted Xi Jinping to Joe Biden.

According to a brief account broadcast by public broadcaster CCTV, the Chinese president also estimated that “Relations between States cannot reach armed confrontation.”

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US tariffs have no effect on China

The use of large tariffs has no effect on China’s trade practices, said Wednesday Katherine Tai, the U.S. Trade Ambassador, who called for a defensive strategy by betting on the return of production to the United States. Washington has particularly criticized Beijing for subsidizing its companies to boost its exports, which over time has had the effect of damaging many sectors of U.S. industry. In addition, China has been criticized for imposing technology transfers on companies wanting to do business in the Asian country.

“We now have customs duties on more than 300 or 400 billion dollars of Chinese imports,” the U.S. ambassador recalled. “It hasn’t changed China” and it has hurt American businesses, he said.

“We have to continue our efforts to pressure China to change,” he said, however.

But Katherine Tai urges the rapid development of “new tools”: “it’s the investments, it’s the relocation and rebuilding of our manufacturing base”. “This is the plan we need to pursue in the future,” he stressed.

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(With AFP and Reuters)