Communist China Vows Deeper Military Ties To Russia

Beijing’s communist regime is drawing even closer to Moscow while only showing a vague interest in patching relations with the United States. That’s the word from China’s top military official on Monday, who spoke at the Xiangshan security forum.

Biden’s Secretary of Defense, Lloyd Austin, rejected attending the forum personally even as concerns rise over the lack of engagement between Washington and Beijing.

Many in Washington express worry over the lack of regular channels of communication between the countries. This could lead to an inadvertent confrontation in the Taiwan Strait or in the South China Sea.

There have been no high-level engagements between the two militaries since Li Shangfu was appointed as China’s defense minister in March. He was fired last week without explanation, though rumors of corruption charges are swirling.

Zhang Youxia of China’s Central Military Commission took a shot at U.S. military involvement around the world as he addressed the gathering of military officials.

In a poorly disguised reference, Zhang rebuked “certain countries” for “continuing to stir trouble around the world.” Using familiar narratives typically aimed at the U.S., he said these nations “deliberately create turmoil, interfere in regional issues” and the internal affairs of others.

Meanwhile, Zhang said China will strengthen its growing partnership with Russia.

Leaving the door slightly open for improved relations with the U.S., he added that China is willing to have a relationship “based on mutual respect, peaceful coexistence and win-win cooperation.”

Criticism of the U.S. also came from Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu. He warned that involvement of Western powers in the Ukraine war could lead to a broader conflict.

Russia’s TASS state news agency quoted Shoigu admonishing Ukraine’s allies over their continued support of Kyiv. “The Western line of steady escalation of the conflict with Russia carries the threat of a direct military clash between nuclear powers.”

The defense minister accused the West of attempting to impose a “strategic defeat” on his country. Shoigu added that this could bring “catastrophic consequences.”

As poor as communications have been between the U.S. and China, there is much anticipation for next month’s summit between President Joe Biden and China’s Xi Jinping.