On June 28, Xi Jinping held a video meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Beijing. The two sides announced the extension of the Russian-Chinese Treaty of Good-Neighborliness, Friendship and Cooperation for another five years.
The Communist Party’s Foreign Ministry gave a preview of the video meeting three days in advance. After the meeting, the Communist Party media gave it a high-profile and intensive coverage, as if the “China-Russia strategic partnership” was unbreakable.
However, the expected summit meeting did not yield any substantive results. Article 25 of the Treaty on Good-Neighborliness, Friendship and Cooperation stipulates that the treaty will be automatically extended for five years if one of the contracting parties does not notify the other party in writing of its termination one year before the expiration of the 20-year term of the treaty. In other words, without the Xi-Pu meeting, the treaty will also be automatically extended for five years.
Since the outbreak of the U.S.-China trade war in 2018, the Chinese Communist Party has occasionally thought of “joining forces with Russia to resist the U.S.” as relations between China and the U.S. have become increasingly tense and the Communist Party has become increasingly isolated internationally. However, Russia has never fallen for the CCP’s trick. Russia is happy to “sit back and watch the tiger fight” between China and the U.S., and at the same time, use the Chinese Communist Party to turn to Russia to maximize its interests. It is only wishful thinking for the CPC to realize its “Communist dream” by “joining Russia against the US”. Why?
Russia is a member of the “free world” family
Although Russia is in conflict with the United States and some European countries in one way or another, Russia today is not the Soviet Union when the Communists were in power, but the Russia after the collapse of the Communist regimes in the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe.
In the late 1980s and early 1990s, after the dramatic changes in the Soviet Union and Eastern European countries, all of these countries have re-embarked on the capitalist path, have opened up party bans and newspaper bans, have developed multi-party systems, have a considerable degree of freedom of speech, and are engaged in market economies. Although there are still old historical debts to be cleared up, in essence, these countries have undergone qualitative changes and become part of the “free world” that upholds freedom, democracy, rule of law and human rights.
From June 9 to 16, U.S. President Joe Biden’s first trip to Europe, attended five summits: U.S.-U.K., G-7, NATO, U.S.-Europe, and U.S.-Russia. The U.S.-Russia summit became the grand finale of Biden’s European trip. For Biden, this is actually a diplomatic trip to unite the “free world”, and Biden in fact treats Russia as a major power of the “free world”.
Russia and Communist China have fundamentally different values
On April 5, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a new constitution for the Russian Federation. This new constitution clearly defines “faith in God” as the core concept of Russia.
It states: “The Russian Federation, united in its thousand-year history, preserves the memory of its ancestors, who gave us the idea, the faith in God, and the continuous development of the Russian state, and the Federation recognizes this historically formed individual.”
This provision connects today’s Russia not only with historical Russia, but also with the “faith in God,” which is fundamentally different from the Chinese Communist Party.
The Chinese Communist Party’s faith is in Marxism-Leninism. The CCP has always said that “the core force leading our cause is the CCP, and the theoretical basis guiding our thinking is Marxism-Leninism”. Marxism-Leninism preaches atheism and does not believe in the existence of God. The CCP will place itself, and Marxism-Leninism, in a supreme position, so that all CCP members, all Chinese people, will believe in the CCP and in Marxism-Leninism. The CCP also wrote into the CCP’s constitution the adherence to the Party’s leadership and to Marxism-Leninism.
Faith in God, faith in God, is a universal value and the most important spiritual force that has maintained human morality and social stability for thousands of years.
The history of the international communist movement for more than 170 years, the history of the Chinese Communist Party for 100 years, and the history of the establishment of the Chinese Communist Party for 72 years all fully prove that Marxism-Leninism is to fundamentally cut off man’s connection with God, to destroy man’s faith in God, and to leave man without fear of God; to do whatever it takes to achieve the goal; to fight with heaven, earth, and man for fun; and to kill either physically or spiritually in the absence of a moral and legal bottom line.
These two very different values determine that Russia can never establish any “community of destiny” with the Chinese Communist Party.
Russia and the CCP have fundamentally different perceptions of history
After the collapse of the Soviet Union in Eastern Europe, Russia’s leaders have reflected a lot on the dark moments in the history of Soviet Communism.
On October 30, 2007, the anniversary of the victims of political persecution in Russia, Russian President Vladimir Putin went to Butover, a southern suburb of Moscow, to pay tribute to the victims who died in Stalin’s purges. Putin said.
“We know very well that 1937 was the year when the Great Purge campaign was at its most rampant. But before that, brutal persecution had been going on for years.” Such tragedies “occurred at a time when superficially appealing but empty ideas took precedence over the most basic human values of life, liberty and rights” and “hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of people were killed, sent to prison, shot and tortured “, “These people own their ideas and are not afraid to speak them out. They are the essence of the country.”
Russian President Vladimir Putin attends the unveiling of a “wall of sorrow” commemorating victims of Soviet political persecution in Moscow on Oct. 31, 2017. Putin said.
“It is very important for all of us, for future generations, to understand and remember this tragic period in our history.” “At that time all classes and all people: workers, peasants, engineers, military officers, religious and state officials, scholars, and people of culture were subjected to brutal persecution. The Great Purge did not begrudge talent, people who had contributed to the motherland, people who were infinitely loyal to it, and everyone could be accused on fabricated and absurd charges. Millions of people were accused of being ‘enemies of the people’ and were shot or subjected to mental torture, suffering from prisons, concentration camps and exile.”
“This terrible past cannot be erased from the national memory, and especially it cannot be justified in any way, in the name of any supreme so-called good of the people.”
“Political repression is tragic for our people as a whole, for society as a whole, and is a heavy blow to our people, including its roots, culture and self-perception. Until now, we are still suffering the consequences of this persecution. Our obligation is – not to forget.”
“In conclusion, I would like to ask Natalia Dmitrievna Solzhenitsynna to allow me to quote her words ‘Know, remember, judge, and only after this is forgiveness possible,’ and I fully agree with this statement.”
However, the Chinese Communist Party has never fully and deeply reflected on the historical purges; instead, it has tried by all means to cover up the historical truth.
After the establishment of the Chinese Communist Party in 1949, it launched dozens of bloody and brutal political campaigns that killed more than 80 million Chinese people. However, the nearly 100,000-word chronicle of the CPC’s centenary published by the Communist Party’s Xinhua News Agency on June 27, 2021, treats all the campaigns launched by the CPC in just a few words, or glosses over them, or downplays them, or does not mention a word about them.
The CCP’s attitude toward the historical tragedies created by the CCP is to let people “forget” and “erase” them from the national memory, “justifying them in the name of the people”. Moreover, the tragedy of the purges, which Putin spoke about on October 31, 2017, is still being played out in the “Chinese communist state” every day.
The completely opposite attitude of Russia and the Communist Party toward the historical tragedy determines that Russia cannot be a real “good friend” or “good partner” of the Communist Party.
Russia and the CCP have different perceptions of reality
On June 7, 2019, when the trade war between China and the United States was raging, Xi Jinping visited Russia and wanted to “join Russia to resist the United States. But when a reporter asked Putin how he saw the trade war between China and the United States, Putin’s answer was surprising: “Sit on the mountain and watch the tiger fight”. In practice, it is not just “sitting on the mountain and watching the tiger fight”.
For example, on May 5, 2019, the U.S.-China trade war was reignited. Instead of standing by and watching, Russia announced that it would raise its oil export tariffs by $5.80 per ton to $110.40 as of June 1. China is the top importer of Russian oil. Converting the 2018 import figures, the Chinese Communist Party will pay Russia at least $410 million more in tariffs each year!
Since May 2, 2020, several clashes between Chinese and Indian troops have broken out at the border. By June 15, the worst bloodshed in 58 years took place. Just as relations between India and China are tense, Russian Industry and Trade Minister Manturov said India has ordered 464 improved T90 main battle tanks from Russia and is expected to order 600 more of the latest T14 main battle tanks. Due to the urgency of the Indian military’s requirements, Russia will provide 1,000 main battle tanks as a priority. At the same time, the Indian military also urgently procured 21 MiG-29 fighter jets from Russia to strengthen the combat capability of the Indian Air Force.
After the outbreak of the Great Plague in 2020, Russian President Vladimir Putin took the strictest “quarantine” measures against the Chinese Communist Party, including closing the Russian-Chinese border, banning Chinese citizens from entering Russia, and deporting Chinese people infected with the “Chinese Communist virus” back to China.
Russia’s perception of reality is to prioritize its foreign policy in favor of maximizing Russian national interests. The Chinese Communist Party’s perception of reality is to prioritize whether it is conducive to preserving the Party and its power over everything else.
When the Party’s interests conflict with the national interests, the CCP will not hesitate to sacrifice the national interests to ensure the Party’s interests. This is true, for example, in the case of Hong Kong, where on June 14, 2019, I published in the Epoch Times, “The CCP Would Rather Destroy the “Pearl of the Orient” to Preserve Regime,” in which I wrote that the CCP “would rather have Hong Kong’s advantages destroyed” in order to preserve its regime, and that I wrote that in order to preserve its power, the CCP “would rather abandon the Sino-British Joint Declaration”, “would rather force foreigners to evacuate”, “would rather force Hong Kong people to emigrate”, “would rather force the rich people living in Hong Kong to flee”, “would rather force the rich people living in Hong Kong to flee”, and “would rather force the rich people living in Hong Kong to flee”. rather force the rich to flee”, “rather force the Hong Kong economy to slump”, “rather lose the hearts and minds of Taiwan completely”. Today, two years later, all these statements have unfortunately become reality.
The very different perceptions of reality between Russia and the Chinese Communist Party have made it impossible for Russia to form a real “strategic partnership” with the Chinese Communist Party.
The Chinese Communist Party deceives itself and swallows the bitter consequences
Why did the CPC hold a “Xi-Pu meeting” with Russia without any real results?
The main reason is that: the CCP is engaged in “war wolf diplomacy” and is in unprecedented international isolation; U.S. President Joe Biden, after the U.S.-Japan summit, the U.S.-Korea summit, and the U.S.-Japan-India-Australia summit, went to Europe to hold five summits in a row, and the CCP has been excluded; while the leaders of the free world are shuttling around the world to visit each other, Xi Jinping has not visited abroad for 18 months. While the leaders of the free world have been visiting each other around the world, Xi Jinping has not visited abroad for 18 months; these situations have made the CCP lose face. This “Xi-Pu meeting” is a so-called “China-Russia summit”, which is a way for the Chinese Communist Party to make a show of itself and deceive the Chinese people.
What can the Chinese Communist Party get out of dragging Russia around, other than deceiving itself and others? The Xinhua News Agency of the Communist Party of China reported on the Putin meeting that the Russian side is willing to “continue to support each other’s efforts to safeguard national sovereignty and territorial integrity”. This statement is so “seamless” that it is correct everywhere and the Chinese people cannot find fault with it.
However, Rosatom reported that Putin said, “It is important that the two countries determine that they have no territorial claims on each other.”
Important elements of the Russian-Chinese Treaty of Good Neighborliness, Friendship and Cooperation include the “confirmation” that former Chinese Communist dictator Jiang Zemin gave Russia more than 1 million square kilometers of territory in northeastern China that had been seized by Tsarist Russia without conditions.
Xi Jinping has said, “Not a single inch of the territory left by the old ancestors can be lost.” Putin’s above-mentioned speech is a clear attempt to make Xi “recognize” the “bill” signed by Jiang.