China chose a good moment to show Russia its territorial claims – Piontkovsky
Chinese leader Xi Jinping is due to arrive in Moscow on March 20-22. And the Kremlin has high hopes for this visit.
Andrey Piontkovsky, a Russian opposition politician and publicist, told Channel 24 about this. He believes that Xi will judge everyone, provide everything – chips, integrated circuits. This is the Kremlin's last hope.
Putin desperately needs help
Piontkovsky noted that Xi Jinping made his conditions very clear.
A few days before his visit to Moscow, he arranged for the Chinese Ministry of Natural Resources to publish new geographical maps of the entire Asian region. On these maps, dozens of Russian settlements from Vladivostok to Irkutsk are marked with “original” Chinese names, he explained.
According to Piontkovsky, these settlements had such names in the 19th century in the annexation of a large part of Chinese territory by the tsarist government.
“Xi Jinping chose a good moment for this, because Putin desperately needs his help. Therefore, Moscow did not even dare to object to China in such an obvious claim to Russian territories.
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In his opinion, Xi is going to his northern vassal, who recognizes the authority of his overlord.
“He will try to save Putin in order to bring the war to an honorable draw,” Andrey Piontkovsky believes.
Xi Jinping's visit to Moscow: analysts' opinions
- Political analyst Taras Zagorodny believes that Xi Jinping cannot refuse a visit after a court in The Hague issued a warrant for Putin's arrest. According to him, if the head of China does not come to Russia, he will show that Beijing is afraid of the United States, so Xi is sure to come. But this is already a diplomatic loss to Beijing,
- Opposition journalist Igor Yakovenko noted that Putin now needs a helping hand from China, which can change its neutral position on Russia's war against Ukraine in support of the aggressor country.
- The fact that the map was published, on which Chinese names were returned to some Russian cities, is a massive slap in the face for Putin's pride. Such moves on the part of China look rather strange, because Xi seems to be going to talk to Putin.