China thinks President Joe Biden came across as weak in his meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin, while praising the two countries for extending the START treaty, which limits nuclear and conventional weapons stockpiles.
Russia is “too big and too powerful” for Biden, Chinese state media said of the meeting, while it was hopeful that Biden would also have a meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping.
“China always actively supports international efforts in nuclear arms control, and will continue to hold discussions on a broad range of issues bearing on strategic stability with relevant parties,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian promised. “We also stand ready to have bilateral dialogue with relevant sides with mutual respect and on an equal footing.”
“Biden is obviously the new president who is more ‘anti-Russia.’ But he has an additional motivation to ease the US-Russia tensions — he wants to concentrate on dealing with China now,” the Global Times, a state-run Chinese outlet claimed. “But as Russia is too big and too powerful, the US-Russia relationship is not a simple game in which Washington can make any adjustment at will.”
Part of the state-run Chinese agenda is to make itself look stronger by making both Russia and the U.S. look weaker, however, so we have to take Chinese comments with a grain of salt.
Read the full story here.