Some Chinese politicians and businessmen harm Beijing by demanding anti-Russian measures.
Written by Lucas Leiroz, researcher in Social Sciences at the Rural Federal University of Rio de Janeiro; geopolitical consultant.
In its diplomatic tradition, China has been maintaining an absolutely sovereign foreign policy, marked by principles such as neutrality and pragmatism. This conduct has led Beijing to reach elevated levels of cooperation with Russia. The Chinese government remains neutral on the conflict in Ukraine and refuses to participate in any of the Western-imposed sanctions against Moscow. More than that, Sino-Russian bilateral cooperation appears to increase as the West tries to “isolate” Russia with its coercive measures.
However, some dissident forces in China want to change this scenario. Chinese officials, politicians and businessmen have been demanding changes in Beijing’s stance, urging the country to adopt sanctions against Russia and condemn the special military operation in Ukraine. Although this group represents an absolutely minority portion and is still incapable of provoking real changes in the national political structures, the fact reveals that the West has managed to influence some specific sectors of the Chinese society.
Critics of the Chinese stance over Ukraine, as expected, are political dissidents and opponents of Xi Jinping’s government, with pro-Western views on foreign policy and who advocate a diplomacy focused on removing Beijing from partnership with countries considered “authoritarian” or “anti-democratic” by Western powers. In pronouncements, these dissidents refer to the Russian operation as “invasion”, “war” or “military aggression”, ignoring the official and appropriate terminology used by both Moscow and Beijing.
Among academics, experts and journalists, anti-Russian engagement is also growing in China. Some authors in the country hold skeptical views about Sino-Russian cooperation and believe that Beijing should move away from Moscow in order to avoid being sanctioned by the West. This is the case, for example, of Hu Wei, vice-chairman of the Public Policy Research Center of the Counselor’s Office of the State Council, who recently published the article “Russian-Ukrainian War and China’s Choice”, arguing that China should interrupt its cooperation with Russia to prevent an escalation of the conflict.
“China should prevent the outbreak of world wars and nuclear wars and make irreplaceable contributions to world peace. As Putin has explicitly requested Russia’s strategic deterrent forces to enter a state of special combat readiness, the Russo-Ukrainian war may spiral out of control. A just cause attracts much support; an unjust one finds little. If Russia instigates a world war or even a nuclear war, it will surely risk the world’s turmoil. To demonstrate China’s role as a responsible major power, China not only cannot stand with Putin, but also should take concrete actions to prevent Putin’s possible adventures. China is the only country in the world with this capability, and it must give full play to this unique advantage. Putin’s departure from China’s support will most likely end the war, or at least not dare to escalate the war. As a result, China will surely win widespread international praise for maintaining world peace, which may help China prevent isolation but also find an opportunity to improve its relations with the United States and the West”, he says.
Among Chinese political dissidents living abroad, the situation is even more explicit. Wei Jingsheng, the US-based organizer of the Chinese Democracy movement and one of Xi’s most famous opponents, for example, has already made some statements emphasizing the need to defend Ukraine on the principles of “morality” and “justice”. He defends a realistic solution to the conflict, with Kiev ceding territories to Russia in order to end hostilities but makes it clear that he does not consider Russian action in the country legitimate.
Regarding the business sector, there are even more divergent positions and criticisms against the Chinese government’s stance. Some representatives of the Asian country’s private sector were not pleased by the commercial impact of the current crisis and chose to defend China’s adherence to Western measures as a way of preventing negative impacts on their business.
The social media company TikTok, for example, was one of the first to sanction Russia, banning many profiles promoting pro-Moscow material on the platform and stopping livestreaming activities by Russian users. The move came in response to Russian legislation banning the use of pro-Western propagandistic terms such as “invasion” and “war” to refer to the operation in Ukraine. Indeed, TikTok prioritized the interests of its western users and sanctioned Moscow without even trying to establish a constructive dialogue.
Some Chinese businessmen living abroad also stood out for joining an anti-Russian activism. This is the case of Wang Jixian, a Beijing-born businessman who founded an IT company in Odessa and became an anti-Russian blogger since the beginning of the special military operation. In his videos, Wang severely criticizes Moscow’s actions in Ukraine and the Xi government’s neutral stance towards the conflict. For his engagement, Wang has received strong support and encouragement on the part of the Western media.
In fact, these anti-Russian Chinese agents do not in any way defend the interests of their own country when they work against Moscow. As confirmed by the joint declaration, cooperation between Russia and China has no limits and will not be affected by the actions of some isolated sectarian individuals and groups without real political representation.
China, like any other country, has its internal problems and one of them is the existence of political tendencies in favor of foreign interests. However, these trends are restricted to a few specified sectors of Chinese society, where the process of westernization seems to have been accentuated. There is still no political force on the part of these groups to demand effective changes in the country, which ensures the stability of Russian-Chinese partnership.
However, what must be clear is that these groups are acting against China itself when they ask Beijing to take a stance against Russia. In no way could joining Western sanctions benefit China, which is considered an enemy by the West in the same way as Russia. Furthermore, taking a position would be disrespectful to the Asian country’s diplomatic tradition of not interfering in foreign affairs and valuing absolute neutrality.
China is doing the right thing when cooperating economically with Russia and remaining neutral about the conflict. And the activists who demand changes in this posture act – consciously or not – against Chinese interests.
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These western dogs should already be on a list of spies.
the West has managed to influence some specific sectors of the Chinese society..
This is great news so the Chinese government can see who the traitors are and deal with them accordingly.
There are probably similar covert subtle elements in Russia trying to influence anti-China sentiment in Russia as well. Expect an uptick of this.
Same thing in India. Prbly foreign influencers there as well to introduce subtle anti RU and anti CN sentiment. This is how these psychopaths roll.
Look and be aware (beware) especially of the seeding types. The idea is seed dumb ideas and some low IQ or very naive dupe will soak it up, and perpetuate this. This style of psyop is also known as “viral marketing” or weaponization of idiocy.
As for tick tock, the US put huge pressure on the company. Basically, Tick tock must suck oligarch balls and dance to “rules” based agenda, or shareholders loose billions; the outcome is not surprising.
‘Some Chinese “businessmen” living abroad’ tells a lots. Actually running from Chinese criminal law.
Chinese public remain anti western influence and will unlikely to alter in the near future. However, this deep work for long time been undertaken by the West to implement their proxy in sepcific area in China, especially among academic sectors, university, press, which are quite influential to the decision making level (accessibility)….well, you even find content featuring unit 731 and imperial army of japan in Chinese school textbook and no one even noticed for years until very recent.
TikTok? That shit is worse than FB and Instagram no surprise Trump wanted to ban them.
What Russia is doing in Ukraine vis a vis NATO belligerance is by definition a just cause. Russia is defending it’s borders and many russian speakers from an aggression started back in 2004 with the orange revolution. Send NATO away from Russia borders and all the problems will disappear. This is what the chinese should say.
Began in 2004 or 2014 or even after WWII when the CIA MI6 brainwashed and supported nazism and ukrainian nationalism. When there is a bottomless money pit, throwing money and stuffing institutions and sectors of society with it means controlling these.
Russia is important ally of China. .
If the Kremlin continues to fight like it has been fighting for the past six months all of this will soon be a moot point.
Zelensky fights bulge of the underwear of klaus. Fighting for the back and fourth of the struggle of the anus is big. monkey pox and bugs together but for together the bulge returns 2x of the hour, but he struggles over again for voluptuous surprise win.
The CPC does not give a shit about Chinese ‘dissidents’ abroad.
Chinese ‘dissidents’ in China get bullets to the back of the head.
It looks like the Jews have already infiltrated CPC structures then. I hope pooh bear cleans house, put them on a train out of China.
There are no Jews with influence on the CPC. Han Chinese give not a shit about jews.
These Chinese are working for China’s enemies, the enemies of world peace and for their own interests which they do not realise will be of short duration. They are also working against integrity. It is true that wars are military operations and hence the ukraine conflict may be similar to war but it clearly is not war because this is NOT being conducted as one. The electricity, lights, infrastructure and Ukraine itself is not being targeted. The Ukraine’s out of order military filled with Nazis, anti-russian nationalists and mercenaries, these are being targeted as THEY attack the civillians in Ukraine and make war and atrocities against them. THEY are at war against the former regions that were for a short time recognised as ukraine. THEY have invaded the Donbass regions as NATO, US UK & EU vassals.
This is a ruse, lip service. Chinese forces under Jung’s command have converted numerous merchant vessiles into military ships in preparation for an invasion of Tiawan. They aren’t fooling anyone, they are all in for their own self intetests, and couldn’t give a spit if Christians kill each other in Ukraine, they’re only happy to have oil trafficking options from Russia, while playing nice in tongue only to the Zionist occupied USA.
Russia should start buying combat drones from China ASAP. Serbia did it and they were delivered very fast. Emergency delivery drones from China and Iran could turn tide in this war without a mobilization or partial mobilization. It turned the tide in Karabakh completely, because without drones Azeris were getting slaughtered by Armenians in 90s and 2020.
Please, buy loads of cheap combat drones from China. They will help drastically turn the tide of war and enable precise targeting. And Iranian drones. Russian Army NEEDS drones, especially for heavy air defense environment that UKROPS have with BUK S300PS/PT. Starstreak manpads, SA-8, Tor and SA-3 Unfortunately combat drones is only thing lacking for Russian Army besides FLIR targeting pods for fighter jets. Right now I guarantee $1000 bet that Russia would have achieved all if not most goals of SMO if they had tons of combat drones like TB2/MQ-9 and long range targeting pods for their SU-34, SU-24 and SU-30
There is the death penalty in China for treason,I wouldn’t take this as significant step in any manner or form,other than vain attempts to promote ill fated conquer and divide mentality which has surely failed!
I wonder how many are paid trolls, that the CIA/$oro$ so love to use?
Has anybody seen the article on RT, with regards the use of AI Bots and social media? Thanks Florian, for informing me of it. It so needs reading, especially when you think that we are heady to WWIII, no questions asked, because AI Bots are directing the masses in that direction. Same with the Miss Trust, UK PM, Leadership Challenge. Where would she be without those BOTS? Or am I being cynical?
‘…Exposed: The vast pro-Ukrainian ‘bot army’ designed to influence Western policy makers An investigation has exposed a vast coordinated network online…
…Researchers at the University of Adelaide have published a landmark paper on the activities of bot accounts on Twitter related to the conflict in Ukraine. These Australian findings are truly staggering – of 5.2 million tweets on the social media network from February 23 to March 8, between 60 to 80% were shared by fake accounts. What’s more, 90% of those posts were pro-Ukraine.
In particular, these accounts pushed the hashtags #IStandWithUkraine, #IStandWithZelenskyy, and #ISupportUkraine, and myths like the ‘Ghost of Kiev’, a fictional Ukrainian fighter pilot who is farcically alleged to have taken down 40 Russian jets within hours of the military operation commencing.
Significant spikes in activity were recorded at key points in the initial stages of the fighting, such as Russia’s capture of Kherson on March 2, and the Zaporozhye Nuclear Power Plant on March 4.
The accounts identified were overwhelmingly English language, leading the researchers to conclude these fake users sought to “drive more disruption in English-speaking countries” and “influence a variety of user groups.” Despite the significant focus on English, Ukrainian bots also employed the Russian language to “cause more disruption” in the country. Leaked document exposes hidden Western hand behind new British-style anti-worker laws in Ukraine.
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The accounts were successful in their objective of stimulating discussions and trends around particular topics, kickstarting and increasing online discussion around a number of subjects, including the question of whether Ukrainians should flee the country. The researchers recorded “significant flows” of information from Ukrainian bots to non-bot accounts…’
I am pleased that you have posted the article here, AM.
To look at RT if one is in a NATO country is Verboten as the NATO propaganda goons only want their subjects to see the Western propaganda press etc.
It is easy to circumvent the NATO propaganda.
One needs a VPN and a location choice that is NOT in NATO.
RT CAN send emails if one asks RT to do that. Their regular emails and a detailed link.
Sputnik news can also be seen with a VPN and a NON NATO choice of location.
I would add though that it’s important to turn off the VPN and use your actual country location when accessing online payments and banking etc, as they have more hoops to get through for security. It’s for our own security benefit, so it’s not an issue for me.
I see NO reason that we should not be able see all sides of any dispute, and the NATO retarded propaganda is in overdrive as they block other opinions.
NATO FEARS the TRUTH.
No one reading should be naive. EVERY country has traitors (Deep State). This is why you need a very strong “government” to control and limit these parasitic Deep State voices. The whole idea of “Liberalism” was made up by these “Oligarchs” to brainwash the population into thinking every person needs to be “free” and that a “strong government” is not needed. Any functioning society has a hierarchy and sitting at the top should be a government for the people. Since China has a strong government for the people (CCP) these “Deep State” operatives and their brainwashed minions will be kept in check at all costs. Otherwise, if the “Deep Sate” gets it’s way, then ALL countries will resemble Iraq, Libya, Ukraine ets…looted for the Oligarch’s benefit while the population struggles just to keep their stomachs full with “real” food.