Russia & China ‘Plotting Behind the Scenes’ Ahead of Ukraine Invasion?

Russia, China ‘Plotting Behind the Scenes’ Ahead of Ukraine Invasion: Congressman
Russian President Vladimir Putin (L) and Chinese leader Xi Jinping (R) toast before the fifth regular foreign ministers’ meeting of the Conference on Interaction and Confidence Building Measures in Asia (CICA) in Dushanbe, on June 15, 2019. (Alexei Druzhinin/Sputnik/AFP via Getty Images)
Moscow and Beijing have been keeping each other abreast of their plans in the leadup to the Ukraine attack, according to two lawmakers.
“I think they have coordinated and I think that China is in a better position letting Russia go first, to evaluate,” Rep. Ken Buck (R-Colo.) told EpochTV’s “China Insider” program at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) on Feb. 25. Continue reading “Russia & China ‘Plotting Behind the Scenes’ Ahead of Ukraine Invasion?”

China’s assertiveness is becoming a problem for its friends..

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In the regular drumbeat of arrests of alleged Chinese spies, one case last month stood out.

It did not involve the U.S. or another rival of China, but Russia, whose security services accused a prominent scientist of selling classified data on technologies for detecting submarines.

Meanwhile a court in Kazakhstan in October convicted the Central Asia nation’s pre-eminent China specialist of espionage, a move widely interpreted at the time as a warning against increased meddling by the superpower next door.

Both men maintain their innocence and if China is spying on Russia, Moscow is surely doing the same. Even so, the fact the two cases were made public suggests a more assertive China has become a concern for nations considered its partners, too.

Countries such as Russia, Iran and Kazakhstan need to still get the investment, trade and in some cases diplomatic support they want from Beijing, while preserving some economic independence and pursuing foreign policy goals that at times conflict.

Full story: https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2020/08/05/asia-pacific/china-bothers-friends-too/