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01 December 2023

China is big, and the European Union is asking for help

It sounds paradoxical, but the so-called collective West, which called China the main challenge to its interests and even security, expects Beijing to help resolve crises created by itself.

During a videoconference with German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, Chinese President Xi Jinping noted that the Ukrainian and Palestinian-Israeli conflicts require "to think about security issues, adhere to the concept of common, comprehensive, joint and sustainable security and promote the construction of a balanced, effective and sustainable security architecture." As the Chinese leader clarified, solving problems unilaterally can lead to imbalances and escalation. Details in the material of the correspondent of The Moscow Post.

Scholz in his dialogue with China was supported by the highest officials of the European Union (EU). EU High Representative for Foreign Policy and Security Josep Borrell does not abandon attempts to convince Beijing to support the EU and the United States on the issue of the Ukrainian crisis. The head of the European Commission (EC) Ursula von der Leyen calls on China to influence Hamas and Iran in order to avoid escalation.

It is difficult not to respond to these calls, especially since China began its presidency of the UN Security Council in November and, together with the UAE, called for an urgent ceasefire in the zone of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.

In Beijing, they think that in Washington...

China says the US turned out to be the only country in the UNSC to veto a Brazilian ceasefire resolution in Gaza to deliver humanitarian aid. Earlier, a draft resolution proposed by Russia was submitted to the vote, which was also vetoed.

The United States refused to support the UN General Assembly resolution on a humanitarian truce, which offered a pause to help residents of the Gaza Strip.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Mao Ning said at a press conference that China is deeply disappointed that the United States is preventing the UN Security Council from adopting a resolution on the Palestinian-Israeli crisis. The refusal to support the UNGA resolution was a humiliation for the United States, the Global Times wrote.

"The outcome of the vote makes us question their [U.S.] willingness to allow the Security Council to take any action and their sincerity in finding a solution to the problem," said Zhang Jun, China's ambassador to the U.N.

"It is necessary to promote a ceasefire and cessation of hostilities, prevent further civilian casualties, prevent a larger humanitarian catastrophe and escalate the conflict," Ambassador Zhang Jun said during a briefing on China's presidency of the UN Security Council.

According to him, the Chinese delegation will focus on "significant actions," continue to seek a ceasefire in order to ensure the protection of civilians, prevent further increase in tensions and humanitarian catastrophe.

In the UNGA resolution of October 27, mentioned by Zhang, the United States, Israel and 12 other countries voted against, while 121, including China, Russia, France and a majority of UN members, voted in favor and 44 abstained. The text of the resolution contains a clear signal of a ceasefire, the protection of civilians and the provision of humanitarian assistance.

Chinese analysts note that due to differences in the positions of the United States and other members of the UN Security Council on the issue, it is difficult to expect a breakthrough, as the United States will continue to use its veto and protect Israel's "right to self-defense." This means that the Israeli armed forces will continue to bombard the Gaza Strip and ground operation.

Analysts also explained that Israel seeks to retaliate and destroy Hamas, and that is far more important to it than preventing civilian casualties.

Only when the United States begins to act as a responsible country with a veto, the UN Security Council will be able to pass a resolution that could lead to a ceasefire in the Gaza Strip, Chinese experts say and add that the White House is in a difficult position. The US is lenient towards Israel, primarily because of the overwhelming influence of the Jewish community on domestic politics.

"This led to a lack of integrity in US policy in the Middle East, as a result of which Israel, in fact, is in charge there, and not vice versa," said Tian Wenlin, professor at the School of International Studies at Renmin University, wrote the Global Times.

US preparing for elections...

The United States is entering another election cycle with three conflicts on hand, including the Gaza Strip, Ukraine, as well as Taiwan and sentiment in the political elite there.

Taiwan's behind-the-scenes push to confront the mainland is most directly related to Beijing's interests and how bilateral relations between China and the United States will develop, where the regional security situation in East Asia will move, and what will happen to the global economy.

Presidential and parliamentary elections are to be held on the island in January, and Washington will indirectly "participate" in them, splitting the opposition and undermining its ability to dismiss the current "self-serving," anti-Beijing administration.

Changing the administration in Taiwan will mean strengthening Beijing's position and weakening Washington's position in the region in terms of the ability of the United States and allies to continue to put pressure on the PRC. All opposition candidates call the purpose of the removal of the ruling DPP and the de-escalation of relations with China, but so far they cannot agree on the terms of unification.

Washington has a lot of work to do, given that 83% of Taiwan's population is in favor of the status quo in relations with China. Some observers note that "while pro-American forces call the coming expression of will a choice between democracy and authoritarianism, their opponents talk about a choice between peace and war."

… and Europe is preparing for a summit

It would seem to be "easier" for the European Union. Among the problems in the hands of Brussels are Ukraine and the Gaza Strip. True, the problems associated with the actions of Israel can lead to irreversible changes in the domestic political situation and an increase in tension in France and Germany, and not only.

And the Ukrainian crisis to the European Union alone without the participation of the United States cannot be pulled, but it is going to this. Washington is distancing itself from Kyiv. That is why Borrell calls on Beijing to influence the situation in Ukraine, and the head of the EC Ursula von der Leyen persuades China to influence Hamas, and belatedly hurries to assure Beijing that the EU "does not want to move away from China," as if forgetting that it is not Brussels who trade with China, but companies of European countries.

German economist and political scientist Markus Kerber said EU's top diplomat Borrell, like EC chairman von der Leyen, had taken all power and put Europe under the full control of Brussels, interfering in the domestic politics of member states by dictating the rules of "democracy" to Hungary and Poland. According to Professor Kerber, it is going to establish a "Brussels dictatorship," up to determining the size of cucumbers on supermarket shelves!

"Borrell," says Kerber, "made the sole decision to send money from the EU peacekeeping fund to Ukraine, violating the organization's charter. The behavior of von der Leyen and her trips to Kyiv, he called scandalous. " In particular, during an unannounced visit to Kyiv on November 4, she arbitrarily proclaimed Ukraine "90% ready to join the EU."

The same people dictate EU policy in the Chinese direction. "Our relationship with China is among the most complex and important in the world.... And today we must recognize that China's views on the global security architecture by default do not coincide with ours, "said the chairman of the EC, who is also facing re-election.

It is difficult to say how these elections will be held, but China in relations with Europe is already facing the "dictatorship of the European bureaucrats." In particular, under pressure from the European Union, Italy practically refused to participate in the Chinese Belt and Road program.

Ursula von der Leyen, speaking at a conference of EU ambassadors in Brussels, literally following Yellen, said that there is a big element of rivalry in the EU's relationship with China, but "this rivalry can be constructive, not hostile." It can be assumed that this is how it prepares the ground for dialogue at the upcoming EU-China summit.

One way or another, but in all three crises imposed by the West, China takes a principled position. Xi Jinping stressed during a videoconference with Scholz that "the international situation is undergoing great changes, geoconflicts are intensifying, the economic recovery is weak, the Cold War mentality is returning."

According to the Chairman of the PRC, "Sino-European relations affect the stability in the world and the prosperity of Eurasia, deserve to be supported and developed by both sides by all efforts. China sees Europe as a comprehensive strategic partner and an important pole in a multipolar world. " The question is, do Europeans themselves consider Europe an independent pole? And what do they think about this in Washington?

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