The West has been given a grim warning that China’s support for Vladimir Putin in his war with Ukraine threatens “our whole way of life.”
Western leaders are watching Putin and China deepening their relationship as Beijing’s top diplomat Wang Yi has said that China’s friendship with Moscow is “rock solid” and they will “resolutely defend national interests and dignity.”
Wang Yi who is the Chinese Communist Party’s most senior foreign policy met with Putin on Wednesday to hold talks and there are strong fears that China will supply “lethal aid” to Moscow and will play a part in the Ukraine war.
Beijing’s top diplomat said that China and Russia will reach a “new consensus” to advance their relationship “between major powers.”
Author Ian Williams wrote in the Daily Mail, the Chinese President and Putin are “both tyrants, who are not bound by the same constraints as our leaders,” this “makes it much harder for our intelligence agencies to predict what might happen.”
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He said, “The consequences are almost beyond imagination. Everything about Vladimir Putin’s insane invasion of Ukraine has been unthinkable, but if China weighs in with open support for the Russian dictator’s beleaguered army, then our whole way of life could be threatened.”
He added, “If the day comes when China starts openly providing weapons, it will redefine global politics in a way we haven’t seen since the Cold War.
“Even the darkest days of the simmering conflict between the USSR and NATO cannot compare to the cataclysm threatening to engulf us if China gives arms to Russia.”
The Chinese diplomat said that both Beijing and Moscow support “multipolarity and democratisation of international relations.”
“This is a clear indication that both Beijing and Moscow have the same view to counter US dominance, particularly over the tensions with the US over Taiwan, Putin strongly supports his counterpart over this.
Williams that gave a chilling warning over China’s nuclear abilities, he said, “Meanwhile, China has quietly been growing its own nuclear strike force. By 2035 it is expected to have 1,500 warheads ready to fire, every one of them carrying a destructive power that dwarfs the bombs dropped in 1945 on Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
“We last faced a nuclear stand-off during the Cuban Missile Crisis in 1962, and that lasted only a few days.
“Should Xi and Putin combine forces, the threat to the world would be unimaginably worse.
“To us in the democratic West, it seems deranged that any world leader could ever think of using this firepower for anything but a last-ditch defence. And, mercifully, I know many Chinese statesmen are wary of Putin‘s nuclear rhetoric.
“But Xi and Putin are tyrants, who are not bound by the same constraints as our leaders. That makes it much harder for our intelligence agencies to predict what might happen.”
The Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky warned on Tuesday that there “will be a world war” if China sends “lethal aid” to Russia and sides with Putin.
Zelensky told German daily newspaper Die Welt, “I would like [China] to be on our side. At the moment, however, I don’t think it’s possible.
“But I do see an opportunity for China to make a pragmatic assessment of what is happening here. If China aligns itself with Russia, there will be a world war and I do think that China is aware of that.”
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