Xi Jinping’s visit to Moscow from 20 to 22 and several interviews with Russian President Vladimir Putin have attracted global attention. Opinions vary as to what deals they made in secret. The Sino-Russian relationship is getting closer, joining forces to fight against Europe and the United States, and changing the world order established by the United States has been clearly placed in front of the world. How the United States and the West will react to this, the world is still watching. Voice of America quoted Hong Kong’s South China Morning Post as reporting that American scholars predict that more Chinese and Russian companies will be sanctioned by the United States and Europe.
Neil Thomas, a researcher at the China Analysis Center of the Asia Society Policy Institute, believes that “Washington will almost certainly sanction more Chinese companies, especially those suspected of helping Russia evade Western sanctions.”
Thomas said, “Chinese technology companies have attracted high attention in Washington, and those Chinese companies that are deeply involved in supporting Russia may already face a high risk of being sanctioned by the United States.”
For a period of time, U.S. Secretary of State Brink has repeatedly warned China that if Chinese companies provide Russia with lethal weapons and ammunition to support the Russian military’s war operations in Ukraine, it will have serious consequences.
Commentators believe that China seems to be more cautious in warning to the United States. Although Chinese officials frequently publicly criticize US hegemony, they have always denied providing Russia with military assistance such as weapons.
However, Xi Jinping and Putin embraced each other under the close attention of the whole world during the sensitive period of the Russia-Ukraine war, and signed a comprehensive cooperation agreement ranging from economy to national defense. to greater risk.
The bilateral trade volume between China and Russia is expected to increase by more than 30% this year, exceeding 200 billion US dollars. In addition, the energy cooperation between the two sides will continue to expand. The two countries also agreed to strengthen cooperation in the field of science and technology that is hindered by the United States. In addition, China and Russia also plan to jointly conduct research and development in artificial intelligence, civil aircraft manufacturing, shipbuilding and automobile manufacturing, the Internet, 5G and digital economy to break the blockade of the United States.
Putin also made it clear to Xi that he supported allowing Chinese companies to enter the Russian market to fill the vacuum created by the withdrawal of Western companies. Since former US President Trump launched a trade war against China, more than 600 Chinese companies have been “blacklisted”. Companies on the blacklist will not be able to obtain spare parts, technology and markets produced in the United States from American companies.
Domestic public opinion in the United States is becoming increasingly unfavorable to Chinese companies as relations between the United States and China deteriorate. On Thursday, members of both parties in the U.S. Congress questioned Zhou Shouzi, the CEO of the Chinese company, about the relationship between TikTok and the CCP and Tiktok’s content control at the TikTok hearing, which made people feel full. Changes in American public opinion.
The U.S. Commerce Department added 14 more Chinese companies to its “red flag list” on Thursday (March 23), meaning U.S. exporters will need to do more due diligence before shipping to them investigation.
In late January this year, the U.S. Treasury Department accused China’s Changsha Tianyi Institute of Space Science and Technology of providing satellite images to Russia’s Wagner Group and announced sanctions against the Chinese company.
Last month, the United States expanded the scope of export controls, adding more products to Russia’s special watch list. The South China Morning Post quoted Nick Marro, an analyst at the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU), as saying, “The big question now is whether the Chinese government is deliberately supplying Russia with lethal weapons.”
If the answer is yes, Marlowe said, then it would trigger a “severe U.S. sanctions response, either targeting implicated Chinese companies or, more aggressively, targeting certain parts of the Chinese government.”
However, Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Mao Ning denied Beijing’s direct involvement in the Russo-Ukrainian war at a press conference last month, asking US officials not to spread “false information”.
On Wednesday, the South Carolina Senate passed a bill banning citizens of “evil” countries such as China, Russia, North Korea, Iran and Cuba from buying land in the state. Senator Lois Kolkhorst of Texas introduced similar legislation that would bar citizens or companies from the five countries from owning Texas real estate. At present, at least 11 states in the United States have adopted various forms of restrictive measures against Chinese companies.
Qatar-based international media Al Jazeera reported on Friday that the sanctions imposed by the United States and its allies against rivals such as China and Russia have continued to increase both in terms of frequency and intensity.