The US has said that China has been “anything but any but an honest broker” in their handling over the geopolitical situation in dealing with Russia and the war in Ukraine.
The US has criticised Beijing’s talks of a peace plan as this is undermined by its “diplomatic, political, economic and rhetorical support” of Moscow and Vladimir Putin.
Ukraine has called for a ceasefire and on Monday at a news briefing Price accused China of “attempting to maintain a veneer of neutrality” but this position is untenable as Beijing are providing many different forms of Support to Moscow.
China is helping Russia by buying enormous amounts of oil which is sanctioned and thus far Beijing has refused to condemn Moscow’s illegal war in Ukraine.
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At a press briefing published by the US department of state, Price said, “The PRC has told the world that, essentially, it is not taking a position, but rather it has tried to portray itself as an honest broker. In word and in deed, however, the PRC has been anything but an honest broker.
“Leaving aside the question of lethal assistance – which we don’t believe the PRC has provided yet, but we do believe it is considering – leaving that aside, the PRC has already provided important forms of assistance to Russia, including in the context of its aggression against Ukraine.
“It’s provided Russia with diplomatic support, with political support, with economic support, with rhetorical support, including by parroting Russia’s dangerous propaganda, dangerous lies, and disinformation on the world stage.”
Political scientist Ian Bremmer, who said that should Beijing supply weapons to Moscow then this “could be a complete game changer, both for the war in Ukraine and for relations between China and the West.!
Writing for the GZERO website Bremmer said, “If Beijing followed through, it would put China in a much more directly adversarial position not just with the US but with NATO.
“It would accelerate decoupling with the West. It would bring the US and Europe closer together against Beijing.”
He concluded that he believes “it probably won’t happen.!
He also suggested that he believes China has no intention of entering the war, “but wants to use the threat of it to force a peace settlement, extract concessions from the West in other areas, or weaken Western support for Ukraine.”
He warned, “China has clearly decided to play chicken with the US. Especially in light of Xi’s propensity to miscalculate, that’s a dangerous game.”