Skip to comments.China warns of dangerous Russia sanctions 'spiral'
Posted on 03/13/2014 5:29:43 PM PDT by xzins
China's top envoy to Germany has warned the West against punishing Russia with sanctions for its intervention in Ukraine, saying such measures could lead to a dangerous chain reaction that would be difficult to control.
In an interview with Reuters days before the European Union is threatening to impose its first sanctions on Russia since the Cold War, ambassador Shi Mingde issued the strongest warning against such measures by any top Chinese official to date.
"We don't see any point in sanctions," Shi said. "Sanctions could lead to retaliatory action, and that would trigger a spiral with unforeseeable consequences. We don't want this."
German Chancellor Angela Merkel...Using her toughest rhetoric since the crisis began, she warned in a speech in parliament on Thursday that Russia risked "massive" political and economic damage if it did not change course in the coming days.
Russia's Deputy Economy Minister Alexei Likhachev responded by promising "symmetrical" sanctions by Moscow.
Still, Ukraine presents Beijing with a dilemma. On the one hand it is a traditional ally of Moscow and has routinely sided with its northern neighbor in major international conflicts. On the other hand, the question of territorial integrity is a tricky issue for the Chinese because of Tibet and Taiwan.
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China just drew a red line. Checkmate on our President Acorn.
I take China’s intervention also to be an indication of which side China would take.
I agree. Despite the article claiming China’s intervention being nothing more than concern, it is clear they don’t want the sanctions to take place, and that means they’re siding with Russia.
Russia and China share a 3500 mile common border and they have warm ties. China has indicated a willingness to help Russia defeat Western sanctions, which aren’t as likely to inconvenience Russia as they inconvenienced Iran.
No shock. Stevie Wonder saw this coming.
Those pipelines also go to China. We might turn them off or blow them up on their route to Europe, but that just means send the fuel the opposite direction to China. They’ll buy it. They’ll use it. They won’t need to buy it from others.
Yup. No lose scenario for them.
Now watch for them to call their debt unless these idiots back off.
With the aid and comfort of our ‘lesser evils’ in the GOP I would add.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel... warned in a speech in parliament on Thursday that Russia risked "massive" political and economic damage if it did not change course in the coming days... Still, Ukraine presents Beijing with a dilemma. On the one hand it is a traditional ally of Moscow and has routinely sided with its northern neighbor in major international conflicts. On the other hand, the question of territorial integrity is a tricky issue for the Chinese because of Tibet and Taiwan.
Hope we survive long enough for people to alter that. Not looking good at this rate.
Feel the power of the glow...And be divided. /Fallout 3
And any action that causes a lower supply — such as blowing thing up — only raises the price so that Russia ends up with MORE or the SAME amount of cash for lesser quantity sales.
Here’s the bottom line. No one wants to accept it because it sucks, but it’s true.
The world at large hates the west thanks to Obama. Us, Germany and the UK are quite possibly going to be pariahs because of the promises we have broken in our collective quest to liberalize the planet. That will come at a cost.
The rest of the world does not need us when china will build their toys and Russia will fuel them.
Scary huh? But it’s true.
To clarify: The world has always hated us...but now it no longer respect or fears us.
It’s about time for China to start some trouble over Taiwan or the South China Sea again to show just how thin our shrinking military has become. The Russians could turn up in the Caribbean or a couple of their long range bombers could probe Alaska like they have done in the past, too. This whole mess is going to get out of hand if cool heads don’t prevail.
Anyone in the market for a new Saiga shotgun/rifle, or other Russian stuff had better get’em now....If it isn’t already too late.
‘Panic buying’ is bad enough for scare supply/high prices. Throw in a REAL supply interruption, and it’ll get crazy.(glad I got mine lol)
Sounds like China just bought some much needed gas.
Big business Commies.
Just like our Democrats here at home.
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