Some skeptics have rightly suggested that the sanctions on Russia may not stop their invasion of Ukraine. The United States and other nations have hit Russia with restrictions to hamper their economy. But, although it looks like Russia’s been rattled, it hasn’t seemed to slow down Putin one bit.
And that could be because one big nation refuses to join America in sanctioning Russia.
Sanctions might not work if Russia can continue to do business with nations around the world. It can get the resources and trade it needs from any country that refuses to obey sanctions. Worse than that, Russia can secure military aid from the same countries—or whatever they can negotiate.
And one of the world’s largest superpowers just made it clear, their alliance with Putin is “iron-clad.” From Fox News:
The Chinese foreign minister called Moscow the “most important strategic partner” to Beijing as war rages between Russia and Ukraine for the 12th day.
“No matter how perilous the international landscape, we will maintain our strategic focus and promote the development of a comprehensive China-Russia partnership in the new era…”
“The friendship between the two peoples is iron clad,” he said and noted that Chinese ties to Russia constitute “one of the most crucial bilateral relationships in the world.”
This is not the kind of language we want to be hearing from Red China right now.
This could explain why all the talk from other world leaders hasn’t scared Putin. China’s foreign minister released a statement essentially ignoring Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. He reaffirmed Russia and China’s “iron clad” friendship, telling the world China supports Russia even as it attacks a foreign land. This statement assures the West that despite sanctions, Russia continues to receive support from a major global power.
China said that they are promoting the development of a “comprehensive” China-Russia partnership. What does that mean? Is this a military alliance? An economic partnership? We can’t be sure, but a union between these two world powers means Russia isn’t going to stop its aggression any time soon. With the backing of China, Putin can do as he pleases.
Is Biden really going to push back against Russia, when he knows China is involved? China might not be helping Russia threaten Europe. But its support for the country means Russia has no reason to fear the EU, UN, or even the United States. We can hit Russia with as many sanctions as we want. But if China keeps conducting trade with them, it won’t be much.
The solution, of course, is for the United States to pressure China to get involved. If China pushes back against Russia’s invasion, it might actually listen. But what are the odds Joe Biden is going to get China to do the right thing?