Talks in Moscow between Russian President Vladimir Putin and President of the People’s Republic of China Xi Jinping ended on Wednesday, 22 March
The outcome, in fact, were joint statements on “key areas of economic cooperation” and “comprehensive partnership and strategic interaction”. It is clear that these two documents are more a record of some commitment to each side’s foreign policy than a clear roadmap of activities.
On the other hand, a reading of these statements reveals the titanic work of the superpower delegations, as they do not just outline the vague contours of cooperation, but rather set certain parameters for the reset of the Yalta-Potsdam system of international relations. In fact, official Moscow and Beijing declared the creation of a new world order and invited all other states to discuss it.
What is proposed in the “new world order”? Firstly, there is the logic of international economic relations. They should be built on the basis of optimising trade, developing an interlinked logistics system and strengthening partnerships in high-tech areas. The achievement of a high quality level of industrial cooperation stands out in particular. Vladimir Putin, during his dialogue with Xi Jinping, even cited the figure of $165 billion as the sum of all significant projects in various fields.
Secondly, there is a consolidated reaction from Moscow and Beijing to the flawed diplomatic game being played by the “collective West”. However, there is a nuance to this: the criticism from Russia and China looks constructive, as it does not preclude a discussion and the formulation of a certain common global position. This very “flawed Western understanding” includes the topic of a unipolar world order, the imposition of a “false narrative of conflict between democracy and autocracy, and discrimination in culture, science, education and sport. Particular emphasis is placed by Moscow and Beijing on the principle of “one China” and the denial of any form of independence for Taiwan.
Thirdly, there is a specific call to respect the decisions of the global integration associations, such as the United Nations, the International Olympic Committee and the Olympic Council of Asia. Here again there is a counterweight to the short-sighted policy of Washington and continental Europe to “abolish Russia”. In fact, Putin and Jinping are saying “no” to archaic Cold War thinking, which has suddenly become relevant again, thanks to the revanchist views of some Western politicians. Roughly in the same series on countering obsolete tools and the willingness to draw up a treaty on “preventing the placement of weapons in outer space”.
Of course, the “Ukrainian issue” and the ways out of this global problem have not been forgotten. The solution lies in “respecting the security concerns of all countries”, which seems perfectly logical.
One may think that Russia and China have gone too far in detail and have tried to “grasp the immensity”, while they could have concentrated on narrowly defined issues. Unfortunately, the current trends in international relations leave no choice but to provide instructions in as clear and simple language as possible, taking into account possible scenarios. In any case, the outcome of the negotiations leads to continued communication at the highest level between all countries in the world.
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