Russia and China Release Joint Statement Condemning NATO Expansion

Russian President Vladimir Putin met with Chinese President Xi Jinping on Friday for the 2022 Winter Olympics, and after their in-person chat the pair released a joint statement.

The Russia-China message is quite lengthy, coming in at 3,500 words.

In the statement, the nations note that “humanity is entering a new era of rapid development and profound transformation.”

Both countries say, “economic globalization, the advent of the information society, cultural diversity and the transformation of the global governance architecture and world order,” pushed them to realize a redistribution in world power is set to take place.

Next, the pair of global leaders seemed to call out America, the UK and other Western nations, writing, “Some actors representing but the minority on the international scale continue to advocate unilateral approaches to addressing international issues and resort to force; they interfere in the internal affairs of other states, infringing their legitimate rights and interests, and incite contradictions, differences and confrontation, thus hampering the development and progress of mankind, against the opposition from the international community.”

The statement calls on the global community to “respect the rights of peoples to independently determine the development paths of their countries and the sovereignty and the security and development interests of States.”

Both China and Russia hope that “the United Nations and its Security Council play a central and coordinating role” in the reshaping of the global power structure.

However, it appears as if Xi and Putin are asking the UN to allow for more diversity among its members, stating, “There is no one-size-fits-all template to guide countries in establishing democracy.”

“A nation can choose such forms and methods of implementing democracy that would best suit its particular state, based on its social and political system, its historical background, traditions and unique cultural characteristics,” they continue. “It is only up to the people of the country to decide whether their State is a democratic one.”

Both Russia and China claim to be “long-standing” historical examples of “rich cultural” democracies which support citizens.

“Russia and China as world powers with rich cultural and historical heritage have long-standing traditions of democracy, which rely on thousand-years of experience of development, broad popular support and consideration of the needs and interests of citizens,” the document says. “Russia and China guarantee their people the right to take part through various means and in various forms in the administration of the State and public life in accordance with the law. The people of both countries are certain of the way they have chosen and respect the democratic systems and traditions of other States.”

According to the press release, America and some other nations are attempting to dominate the global narrative, which “poses a serious threat to global and regional peace and stability and undermine the stability of the world order.”

Russia and China also say they “oppose the abuse of democratic values and interference in the internal affairs of sovereign states under the pretext of protecting democracy and human rights, and any attempts to incite divisions and confrontation in the world.”

Following a similar sentiment, the paper claims that while, “the Charter of the United Nations and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights set noble goals in the area of universal human rights,” each nation has a unique “history, culture, social system and level of social and economic development.”

Therefore, “human rights should be seen through the prism of the real situation in every particular country, and human rights should be protected in accordance with the specific situation in each country and the needs of its population.”

Often pushing various globalist agendas, much of the statement reads as if it was written by the World Economic Forum or the United nations.

“In order to accelerate the implementation of the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the sides call on the international community to take practical steps in key areas of cooperation such as poverty reduction, food security, vaccines and epidemics control, financing for development, climate change, sustainable development, including green development, industrialization, digital economy, and infrastructure connectivity,” the document declares.

Both nations vow to contribute to “the fight against climate change,” by adhering to promises made in the Paris Agreement and taking other measures.

Addressing Covid-19, the two leaders say the origin of the virus is “a matter of science” which can only be learned if scientists from around the world cooperate.

China doesn’t want the issue to be politicized.

Russia states that they stand by the WHO and China joint report identifying the source of Covid-19, but calls for a “serious scientific approach to the study of the coronavirus origin.”

Both sides raise concerns about domestic and foreign bioweapons activities by the United States and its allies, questioning whether they are complying with the international BWC convention.

“Such activities pose a serious threat to the national security of the Russian Federation and China and are detrimental to the security of the respective regions,” the letter claims. “The sides call on the U.S. and its allies to act in an open, transparent, and responsible manner by properly reporting on their military biological activities conducted overseas and on their national territory, and by supporting the resumption of negotiations on a legally binding BWC Protocol with an effective verification mechanism.”

The nations are calling for a “single global anti-terrorism front, with the United Nations playing a central role.”

After this suggestion, the authors note that they “oppose further enlargement of NATO and call on the North Atlantic Alliance to abandon its ideologized cold war approaches.”

Continuing to address foreign policy issues, the pair ask nuclear-weapons states to “reduce the role of nuclear weapons in their national security policies, withdraw nuclear weapons deployed abroad, eliminate the unrestricted development of global anti-ballistic missile defense (ABM) system, and take effective steps to reduce the risks of nuclear wars and any armed conflicts between countries with military nuclear capabilities.”

The two nations are concerned about a recent trilateral security partnership between Australia, the United States, and the United Kingdom (AUKUS) where the three countries would cooperate in the strategic movement of nuclear-powered submarines.

“Russia and China believe that such actions are contrary to the objectives of security and sustainable development of the Asia-Pacific region, increase the danger of an arms race in the region, and pose serious risks of nuclear proliferation,” the statement says.

Both countries want the U.S. to “abandon its plans to deploy intermediate-range and shorter-range ground-based missiles in the Asia-Pacific region and Europe.”

The joint letter accuses some nations of turning outer space into “an arena of armed confrontation” and condemns “the weaponization of space.”

Establishing themselves as “world powers and permanent members of the United Nations Security Council,” Russia and China pledge to “strongly advocate the international system with the central coordinating role of the United Nations in international affairs, defend the world order based on international law, including the purposes and principles of the Charter of the United Nations, advance multipolarity and promote the democratization of international relations, together create an even more prospering, stable, and just world, jointly build international relations of a new type.”

The leaders ensure, “the friendship between the two States has no limits,” before promoting a few more globalist agendas they support.

The sides support and defend the multilateral trade system based on the central role of the World Trade Organization (WTO), and support the G20 format as an important forum for discussing international economic cooperation issues.”

During the Olympics meeting between Xi and Putin, the pair also finalized a 30-year gas deal, as Reuters reports, “Russia has agreed on a 30-year contract to supply gas to China via a new pipeline and will settle the new gas sales in euros, bolstering an energy alliance with Beijing amid Moscow’s strained ties with the West over Ukraine and other issues.”

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