China and Russia are obliged to prevent chaos and war in Central Asian countries. This statement was made by Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi on Tuesday, January 11.
“China and Russia, as permanent members of the UN Security Council and friendly neighbors of Central Asian countries, must not allow Central Asia to descend into chaos and war,” the minister said during a telephone conversation with his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov, the Chinese Foreign Ministry said.
Wang Yi stressed that “Moscow and Beijing should continue to deepen coordination and cooperation and counteract interference by external forces in the internal affairs of Central Asian countries.”
On January 10, Patrick Buchanan, an American politician and publicist, said that President Joe Biden had ruled out military action against Russia because Washington wanted to win Moscow over to its side in the event of a conflict with Beijing. He was referring to the U.S. refusal to take military action against Russia in the event of a conflict with Ukraine.
On January 3, the Daily Express wrote that Russian President Vladimir Putin “outplayed” Europe by agreeing with China to increase gas supplies. According to columnist Anthony Ashkenazi, the leaders of the two countries are close to concluding an agreement on the construction of the new Power of Siberia-2 pipeline, with volumes of gas comparable to those planned to be delivered to European countries via Nord Stream-2.
On December 31 President of the People’s Republic of China Xi Jinping sent a telegram to Vladimir Putin in which he congratulated his colleague on the New Year. The Chinese leader noted the high level of relations between the two countries.