[March 07, 2023](Written by Antonio Graceffo, an English columnist for The Epoch Times/Compiled by Yuanquan) Russia suspends relations with the United Statesnuclear treaty,at the same time,the cpcTop diplomat Wang Yi visits Moscow amid rumors that the CCP may invade RussiaUkraineprovide weapons for war.
Last year, Russian President Vladimir Putin threatened to use nuclear weapons in a war between Russia and Ukraine. On Feb. 21, Putin announced in his annual State of the Union address to the federal parliament that Moscow would no longer abide by the New START treaty, the only remaining agreement between the United States and Russia to limit the deployment of intercontinental nuclear weapons.
The treaty, which allowed both countries to inspect each other’s nuclear weapons facilities, was last renewed in 2021 when Putin agreed to extend it for another five years. This work was suspended in 2020 due to COVID-19 restrictions. But Moscow has refused to allow Washington to inspect its nuclear weapons since the restrictions on the epidemic were lifted.
New START is crucial because the US and Russia own 90% of the world’s nuclear weapons. Russia has an estimated 6,257 nuclear warheads, while the United States has 3,750 and China ranks third with 320. For this reason, US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken accused Putin of being irresponsible for his decision. However, he said that the Biden administration is ready to talk to Russia “at any time”. France and the United Kingdom called on Putin to resume the agreement.
Russia’s foreign ministry said Putin could reverse his decision, but it was up to the United States to “de-escalate” tensions and create an environment conducive to cooperation. Ironically, the country calling for detente has been at war for the past year.
On the same day that Putin announced the suspension of the “New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty” signed with the United States,the cpcForeign Minister Wang Yi arrived in Moscow. Perhaps not coincidentally, the visit took place just days before the anniversary of the Russo-Ukrainian war. During Wang Yi’s meeting with the Secretary of the Security Council of the Russian Federation Nikolai Patrushev, the two criticized the United States for its Cold War mentality and bloc confrontation. China and Russia, which have expressed opposition to bloc confrontation, have pledged closer ties and held joint military exercises with South Africa that included a display of Russia’s hypersonic missile frigates.
China refuses to condemn Russian aggressionUkraine, U.S. authorities accused China of planning to supply arms to Russia. U.S. President Joe Biden made a surprise visit to Kiev and warned Chinese leaders that any such move would have serious consequences. Military analysts around the world worry that if China supplies weapons to Russia, the conflict would involve the world’s three major military powers, leading to escalation and involving allies in each country, including Iran, NATO, the rest of Europe, Even Japan. Biden has said that the CCP is crossing the line by supplying weapons to Russia. Blinken warned Beijing not to allow the conflict to escalate.
All of these developments come at a time of particularly tense U.S.-China relations in the wake of the spy balloon incident. Since the U.S. fighter jet shot down the CCP balloon on February 4, several UFOs have been discovered over the U.S. and other parts of the Americas.
Immediately after the balloon incident, Blinken canceled meetings with Chinese officials. Fortunately, they spoke in Munich on February 18, and Blinken warned Wang Yi about China’s intelligence gathering in U.S. airspace. Tensions were further heightened when Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen met with a visiting U.S. congressional delegation in Taipei on Feb. 21, and the United States reiterated its support for Taiwan.
Russia’s war on Ukraine has become a dangerous sticking point in U.S.-China relations, already troubled by China’s aggressive stance in the South China Sea, repeated threats against Taiwan and failure to abide by international trade and investment rules. It seems that a mistake by either side could easily trigger World War III. At the same time, perhaps for the first time since the collapse of the Soviet Union, the possibility of nuclear war is real, though not imminent.
About the Author:
Dr. Antonio Graceffo has lived and worked in Asia for over twenty years. He graduated from Shanghai Institute of Physical Education and received a master’s degree in business administration from Shanghai Jiaotong University. Antonio is an economics professor and China economic analyst who writes for various international media. Some of his China books include Beyond the Belt and Road: China’s Global Economic Expansion and A Short Course on the Chinese Economy.
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