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...Russian diplomats have asserted that China supports Russia’s actions there. Throughout this week China’s comments on the situation have been muted.
Qin Gang, China’s Foreign Ministry spokesperson, said China believes in non-interference in internal affairs and is taking into consideration historical facts as well as the complexity of the situation.
...In an editorial this week China’s Global Times newspaper stated that “the Ukrainian situation shows us clearly that in the international political arena, principles are decided by power.” In a commentary China’s Xinhua news agency argued that the West’s “biased mediation has polarized Ukraine and only made things worse in the country.”
...China has much to lose and gain...
In recent years Ukraine and China have formed military, trade and agricultural partnerships. In 2012 Ukraine became the fourth-largest arms exporter in the world, with many of those exports going to China. Beijing's first aircraft carrier, the Liaoning, was built in Ukraine.
Ukraine agreed last year to a deal for China to lease five percent of the country’s land to grow crops and raise pigs for sale to Chinese state-owned companies. As part of that deal China promised to build highways and bridges in the country.
China also pledged $8 billion in aid during ousted Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych’s visit to Beijing in December. That was in addition to $10 billion China had previously given to the country.
"...Principles are decided by power..." is the line that stands out to me in that statement. Distasteful as it sounds, it's true. It's that kind of Machiavellian thinking that keeps governments and leaders in power, and the actions taken by Putin in the Crimea only drive that point home. Who's going to stop Putin from doing what he wants in his backyard? No one.
When has diplomacy succeeded?
I have not seen a good outcome from diplomacy ...
...principles are decided by power.”
reply to post by Orwells Ghost
I read it the way you did too. Ugh. So now China is telling the world- "...hey, if it's OK for Russia, it's OK for us, right? Right?"
Might makes right, in Chinese.