Washington- At a time when Washington celebrated the first anniversary of the founding of the alliance “Okos” (VICTIM) The trio with Britain and Australia, the presidents of China and Russia held an important meeting on the sidelines of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization summit.
A year ago, the United States, Britain and Australia launched their security partnership to counter China's growing influence in the Indo-Pacific region, at a time when China considered the tripartite alliance a reflection of the Cold War mentality, and called on the three countries to move away from ideological bias..
Chinese President Xi Jinping and Russian President Vladimir Putin have reiterated their determination to confront what they see as the desire of the West - led by the United States.- Continuing to dominate the rest of the world.
The conflicting messages of the Shanghai summit
The meeting of the two presidents in Samarkand, Uzbekistan, on the sidelines of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization summit, came at a time when the world is witnessing confusing and dangerous geostrategic situations. From its lands after receiving advanced American and Western equipment.
In Southeast Asia, the Sino-American differences increased and became severely tense after the visit of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to the island of Taiwan last July, and China increased its military activities around the island..
China has expressed concern about Russia's war in Ukraine, but is not publicly critical of it, prompting President Putin to directly point out China's concerns. “We highly appreciate the balanced position of our Chinese friends on the Ukrainian crisis.. We understand your questions and concerns in this regard”.
In an interview with Al Jazeera Net, an expert on Asian affairs at the US Council on Foreign Relations, Joshua Kurlantzick, indicated that “The meeting between the Chinese and Russian presidents was very important, especially as it is the first visit by a Chinese president outside his country since the beginning of the outbreak of the Covid-19 virus, and also shows the extent of China's commitment to the relationship with Russia despite doubts about its commitment to this, and it is clear that China has become committed Increasingly, the relationship with Russia, which may cause problems for China on the world stage”.
Good relations between Russia and China do not mean an agreement on all issues, as the two countries combine a silent competition for influence and wealth in the Central Asian republics that were part of the former Soviet Union..
China is investing heavily in the energy and infrastructure network in the Central Asian republics, as part of the Chinese President's initiative “Belt and Road” linking China with Central Asia, the Middle East and Europe.
But Russia and China have conflicting interests in Central Asia, with some former Soviet republics wary of Putin's Ukraine adventure and developing closer economic ties with China..
The President of the Foundation expressed “Eurasia sunset” Ian Bremer on the Sino-Russian differences in a tweet indicated that Beijing has reservations about Russian interference in Ukraine, and said that “The absence of Chinese support for Russia with regard to Ukraine has been clear and consistent since last February”.