Why is China no longer respecting Russia?

However, China found it interesting to ally itself with Russia in order to better fight against its great rival for the place of the first world superpower in the future: America.

However, this war is not to the liking of Xi Jinping who would have preferred Vladimir Putin to stick to fear-mongering by massing men around Ukraine, but not to act on it.

China is now in an awkward situation, with a partner it said earlier this year was a rock-solid ally, but which seems to be making totally crazy decisions strategically.

Putin needs China’s help, but China itself risks alienating the West by helping Putin evade sanctions to continue waging this heinous war in Ukraine.

So China is on a very narrow ridge.

On the other hand, China realizes that America’s sanctions are likely to create a new world monetary order in which they would have a stronger place and America would be weakened.

China also realizes that if it helps Russia, Russia will become a kind of satellite country, totally dependent on it economically. It will be far from Putin’s dreams of grandeur for Russia. Another strategic mistake on his part.

For China, the challenge is to make the most of the consequences of this crisis while preserving all the parties involved. An extremely difficult exercise that Xi Jinping would have done well without during this year when the congress of the Chinese Communist Party will take place.

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Russia test fires submarine-launched hypersonic Tsirkon missile for first time


Russia said on Monday it had successfully test launched a Tsirkon (Zircon) hypersonic cruise missile from a submarine for the first time, a weapon President Vladimir Putin has lauded as part of a new generation of unrivaled arms systems.

The defense ministry, which tested firing the Tsirkon missile from a warship in July, said that the Severodvinsk submarine had fired the missile while deployed in the Barents Sea and had hit its chosen target.

Low-quality video footage released by the ministry showed the missile shooting upwards from a submarine, its glare lighting up the night sky and illuminating the water’s surface.

“The test firing of the Tsirkon missile from a nuclear submarine was deemed successful,” the ministry said.

Some Western experts have questioned how advanced Russia’s new generation of weapons is, while recognizing that the combination of speed, maneuverability and altitude of hypersonic missiles makes them difficult to track and intercept.

In July, parts of footage showing Russia’s advanced new S-500 surface-to-air missile system appeared to have been deliberately blurred to make it harder to examine in detail.
Putin announced an array of new hypersonic weapons in 2018 in one of his most bellicose speeches in years, saying they could hit almost any point in the world and evade a US-built missile shield.

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