World China State Media Warns of Counterattack With Russia to U.S. 'Serious Provocations'
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The Global Times, a Chinese state run outlet, railed against the United States on Tuesday, warning America that it's overestimating its strength and should tread lightly if it doesn't want to face attacks from both China and Russia.
China and Russia have grown closer as their relationships with the United States deteriorated, raising concerns about a potential alliance. As Presidentattempts to repair America's ties with Russia, China's vehemently reinforced the narrative that Beijing and Moscow are united against the United States.
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Russian Ambassador to China Andrey Denisov is "convinced" a war will not break out, but it would have massive casualties if it did.As the United States' relationship with Russia and China deteriorated, the two countries grew closer. Russia and China have denied that there are any current plans for a military alliance, although both have kept the door open to the possibility of one, raising concerns that a pact between Moscow and Beijing could disrupt the world order.
"China and Russia will not take the initiative in provoking the U.S. and its allies, but if they encounter new serious provocations, the two countries' counterattack will be determined and immediate," the Global Times wrote in an editorial.
Biden and Russian Presidentboth hailed the summit last week as being productive and a first step in an attempt to move toward a stable relationship. While the two saw eye-to-eye on the disaster that would be a nuclear war, they weren't on the same footing when it came to cyber attacks or Alexey Navalny, Putin's top opponent who remains imprisoned.
The American president has pushed for Navalny's release, warning Putin that his death would not bode well for Russia.
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On Sunday, national security adviserannounced the U.S. was preparing another "package of sanctions" to put on Russia over Navalny's poisoning. Sullivan added the U.S. "rallied" its European allies to impose costs on Russia for its use of a chemical agent on a citizen, a claim Moscow denies.
Russia pushed back on the forthcoming sanctions and Foreign Ministry spokesperson Maria Zakharova said on Telegram that Russia's "always" followed America's "illegal actions" with a "legitimate response."
China capitalized on Sullivan's remarks on Sunday, including pressure he put on China to cooperate with additional investigations into the COVID-19 origin. The Global Times acknowledged China is the "strongest country in the world" but warned it may be overestimating its hand.
"The U.S. cannot do anything to China and Russia, and this is the reality that the world can see and understand," the editorial said. "It wants to unite its allies to contain China and Russia, but it is ridiculous that it thinks this will have any strategic effect."
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The American president is unlikely to reach accommodation with his Russian counterpart. That’s because Putin’s domestic balancing act is over.Despite the heavy restrictions, many well-known intellectuals worked in Nizhny Novgorod, at anonymous-looking Soviet facilities known as “mailboxes.” The nuclear physicist and future Nobel Prize winner Andrei Sakharov was among them. Only at the local foreign-language institute did I first meet a foreigner, an American lady who taught English. Mary Sebastian—or Mary Petrovna Alferova, according to her Soviet passport—came to Nizhny Novgorod in the 1930s as a teenager with her father, an engineer helping to build an automobile plant.
Along with launching a counterattack with Russia if the U.S. provokes the countries, China warned America that it will "strike heavily" if U.S. intelligence agencies investigate the COVID-19 origin.
Biden instructed the Intelligence Community to "redouble" its efforts to reach a more definitive conclusion about how the pandemic began. Initial investigations yield itself to the theory that COVID-19 originated naturally, but the Intelligence Community hasn't ruled out the possibility that the pandemic started in a laboratory.
The lab leak hypothesis was once largely dismissed as a fringe belief steeped in conspiracy, but it's gained some traction in recent months. Helping fuel the theory is a report that staff members at the Wuhan Institute of Virology were hospitalized with flu-like symptoms before China reported its first case of COVID-19 to the World Health Organization.
China stands firm in its denial that the Wuhan Institute of Virology could be the origin point of the COVID-19 pandemic and rejected calls for additional investigations. The G-7 nations joined America's calls for a thorough probe into the origin of COVID-19 and have been critical of Navalny's imprisonment, but China said Beijing and Moscow aren't afraid of Washington's attempt to rope in its allies.
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"On the contrary, every move between China and Russia to further strengthen strategic cooperation can frighten many US and Western elites," the editorial said.
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The U.S, Russia and China are scrambling to tackle what they see as increasing threats to stability in Central Asia, a sprawling region that hosts an international bout for influence among state and non-state forces as well as deep-seated environmental concerns that could prove a flashpoint for conflict. © MLADEN ANTONOV/AFP/Getty Images Explosions are seen during the joint Russian-Chinese-Mongolian Vostok-2018 (East-2018) military drills at Tsugol training ground near the trilateral border between the two countries in Siberia, on September 13, 2018.