Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov arrived in China’s Huangshan City, Anhui Province, on March 30 to attend the Third Foreign Ministers’ Meeting on the Afghan Issue. He also held talks with China’s State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi.
Before Lavrov’s visit, the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) official media published intensive anti-American propaganda claiming that the United States was the initiator of the Russia-Ukraine war. During his visit, the CCP’s mouthpiece media continued to publish anti-American commentaries.
Lavrov said that China and Russia will expand cooperation with each other.
At a regular press conference of China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs held on March 30, a foreign media reporter asked what Lavrov meant when he said earlier that day that Russia and China agreed to expand cooperation in dealing with international challenges.
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin responded that “there is no limit to Sino-Russian cooperation,” and claimed that Sino-Russian relations are non-aligned, non-confrontational, and not targeted at any third party.
Xinhua News Agency, the CCP mouthpiece, said in an article on March 31 that more than a month after the outbreak of the Russia-Ukraine conflict, the United States targeted the CCP about the Ukraine issue. Xinhua then published a series of 6 commentaries hitting at the United States.
The article also claimed that the “fuse” that started the Ukrainian war was lit by the United States, and the United States took advantage of the Ukrainian crisis.
Chinese state media Global Times also published an article on the same day, slamming the United States for making a lot of money from the war.
Regarding the intensive anti-United States rhetoric in the CCP’s official media, Chen Weijian, editor-in-chief of the Beijing Spring magazine, which focuses on China’s democracy movement, said in an interview with The Epoch Times on April 1 that it is the CCP’s consistent policy and has never changed.
Chen said that at the beginning of the Russia-Ukraine war, the CCP completely sided with Russia, claiming that the war was induced by the United States. But when it found that Russia was fighting a tough war with little chance of an easy victory, and the United States warned that China would face serious consequences for supporting Russia, the CCP began to soften its tone in its anti-United States and pro-Russia narrative.
“Maybe this is the result of the struggle within the CCP,” Chen said. He also pointed out that the situation has changed yet again in the past few days, including the recent talks between CCP Foreign Minister Wang Yi and Lavrov, and the CCP’s propaganda machine pushing all the responsibility for the war on the United States again. “The CCP is afraid of the United States, but it is a very cunning regime.”
“We can’t just look at what the CCP’s political propaganda says. Its propaganda is one story, but the actual implementation of policies is a completely different story,” Chen said, “On the one hand, the CCP has to show the people at home that it is firm against the United States and will not yield to the United States. When in fact, it has yielded to the United States on many issues, but it will never tell the Chinese people.”
Chen said that the CCP’s anti-American tune will never change, and it has been the same since it came to power. From the perspective of the CCP ideology, it is impossible for it to reconcile with the United States. At a certain stage or on a specific matter, the CCP may lower its stature, not to improve relations with the United States, but to maintain or strengthen its own rule.
The Xinhua article also referred to both Russia and Ukraine as “friendly countries to China” and claimed that a conflict between the two countries “will not benefit China in the slightest.”
Chen explained that this is also the cunning side of the CCP. He said that after the disintegration of the Soviet Union, the relationship between the CCP and Ukraine was much better than with Russia. “China’s trade with Ukraine and the CCP’s military equipment are all obtained through Ukraine. It is true that the CCP has had a friendly relationship with Ukraine for decades, but in terms of ideology, it must be pro-Russian, so the CCP is courting both countries at the same time.
Chen said that on the one hand, the CCP says it has friendly relations with Ukraine, but on the other hand, it supports Russia in fighting Ukraine, even thought it does not directly say so. Its support for Russia is certainly a blow to Ukraine.
“So in fact, for the CCP, there is no friendly relationship with Ukraine at all,” he said. “It has sided with Ukraine’s enemy, Russia, and is helping Russia fight Ukraine. Yet it still claims to be friendly with Ukraine. It’s lies and deception, it’s misleading those who don’t know the truth.”