Mon. Dec 4th, 2023
Russia and China Propose Defense Cooperation Amid Tensions with the US

As the conflict between Russia and Ukraine continues, Kremlin Spokesman Dmitry Peskov stated that it is time for the US and Ukraine to realize that Russia cannot be defeated on the battlefield. Peskov’s comments come in response to US President Joe Biden’s belief in Kyiv’s ability to regain lost territories and the need for Russia to proceed with a special military operation. Meanwhile, Mikhail Podolyak, an adviser to the Ukrainian presidential office, rejected any initiatives to surrender territory in exchange for guarantees and NATO membership.

In a meeting between Russian President Vladimir Putin and China’s top military officer overseeing the People’s Liberation Army (PLA), the two nations discussed sharing satellite intelligence and data in response to their perceived threat from the US-led alliance. Experts caution against reading too much into Putin’s comments, but the discussions signify an enhanced strategic alliance between Russia and China.

Putin highlighted the importance of high-tech military technology cooperation, particularly in the fields of space, high-orbit assets, and advanced weapons. The comments suggest a joint effort between Russia and China to develop advanced defense technologies. This includes the planned joint lunar base and the possibility of sharing satellite-based capabilities for ballistic missile detection.

Furthermore, Russia and China are developing weapons that indicate a growing formal alliance, which could challenge China’s economic clout with other countries and shift the narrative in favor of the US. However, it should be noted that China remains cautious in its relationships with both the West and Russia, balancing its deep commercial interests with diplomatic considerations.

The proposed defense cooperation between Russia and China highlights their increasing concerns about the US-led alliance and their efforts to strengthen their strategic capabilities. While the full extent of their cooperation remains uncertain, these developments have captured the attention of Western analysts.