The US “promotes anti-Chinese sentiments” and its relations with Asia-Pacific countries are based on their support for such an approach, Russian Ambassador to the US Anatoly Antonov said in an interview with the Japanese publication Nikkei Asia Review.
“We believe that the US attempts to create anti-Chinese alliances around the world are counterproductive” and “present a threat to international security and stability,” Antonov said, adding that Russia “will never participate in coalitions against third countries, including China.”
While Washington talks about “the free and open Indo-Pacific” with Japan, Australia and India, the initiative is neither transparent nor inclusive, Antonov noted. Instead of established norms of international law and existing multilateral organizations, the US insists on a “rules based order.”
What are those rules, who created them and who agreed to them – all this remains unclear.
Calling the possible continuation of the trade war between Washington and Beijing “a threat to the global economy,” Antonov said Russia would be happy to use its contacts with both countries and its considerable experience in resolving inter-state disputes for “balancing efforts” if needed, RT reported.
The US is pressuring China to make it join the nuclear arms control process, which Antonov said Russia “cannot support.” Beijing’s participation should be voluntary and based on respect for China’s legitimate interests, Antonov told Nikkei.
Russia’s priority in a broader arms treaty would be to get the UK and France involved as well, since they “not only possess nuclear arsenals comparable to that of China, but are also US NATO allies closely coordinating their nuclear policies.”
While the US is trying to set a “price” for extending the New START arms control treaty – demanding a rewrite of its verification mission and inclusion of China, among other things – Moscow has been willing to extend it without any preconditions, Antonov said.