China is strengthening ties with countries like Russia and Iran. At the same time, Beijing seeks to enhance relations with economically dependent regional countries. In various ways, China is trying to crack down on the US-led anti-Beijing alliance. This was stated in an analysis by the news agency Reuters on Monday.
The Chinese Foreign Ministry said in a statement to Reuters that China has always strongly opposed US “blockchain-centric politics and anti-Beijing” attempts. In this case, China hopes that the countries concerned will look after their own interests. Beijing also hopes that they will not become an anti-China tool for the United States.
Top diplomats in Beijing and Washington exchanged heated words at a meeting in Alaska last month. After that incident, Beijing began working closely with countries such as Russia, Iran, and North Korea on an emergency basis. Russia, Iran, North Korea — all three countries have US sanctions.
“China is very concerned about the diplomacy of the US alliance,” said Li Mingjiang, an associate professor at the S Rajaratnam School of International Studies in Singapore.
Shortly after the Alaska meeting, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov visited Beijing at the invitation of China’s top diplomat, State Councilor Wang Ir. During his visit, Wang called on Moscow and Beijing to work together to tackle the West’s ideological agenda.
Wang later visited Iran. During his visit, China signed a 25-year economic agreement with Iran.
Chinese President Xi Jinping recently exchanged warm messages with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. In the message, the Chinese president expressed interest in deepening the partnership with North Korea.
China is trying hard to gain the support of its economically dependent neighbors. Chinese State Councilor Wang recently met with the foreign ministers of Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore and South Korea.
Commenting on China’s efforts, Professor Li Mingjiang said that China would promise assistance to these countries. Corona will talk about helping revive their economy after the epidemic. Beijing will create the context for these countries to think twice before going to the United States.
There are also allegations that China is pursuing vaccination diplomacy, even threats, and sanctions to win over various countries.
Incumbent US President Joe Biden has continued to put pressure on Beijing on various issues. It also includes a number of issues chosen by Biden’s predecessor, the Donald Trump administration. In addition, Biden is focusing on alliance-centric strategies to corner China.
China has reacted sharply to the US strategy. Beijing is using various tactics to weaken such anti-China unity. They are encouraging US allies to work independently with Beijing. The economic benefits of relations with Beijing are being brought to the fore. They are even explaining to different countries the risk of joining a joint effort against China.
Beijing is trying to persuade Washington that cooperation is better than competition. The latest example of this is China’s support for the upcoming Virtual Climate Conference of Joe Biden.