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China Splits With Russia Over Ukraine

China Splits with Russia Over Ukrainei
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March 18, 2014 4:12 AM
With Russia's most vocal critics imposing economic sanctions over Crimea, some of Moscow's allies are also questioning its actions in Ukraine. VOA State Department Correspondent Scott Stearns reports on how the standoff affects Russia's relations with China and with former Soviet republics.
China Splits with Russia Over Ukraine
With Russia's most vocal critics imposing economic sanctions over Crimea, some of Moscow's allies are also questioning its actions in Ukraine. 
In Syria's civil war, China and Russia have together blocked tougher action against President Bashar al-Assad, denouncing foreign support for the rebels as a breach of Syrian sovereignty.
Now, China has quietly split from Russia over Crimea -- on the same issue of sovereignty.
"China always respects the sovereignty and territorial integrity of all states. The Crimean crisis should be resolved politically under the frameworks of law and order.  We call on all sides to remain calm and exercise restraint to avoid further escalation of the tension," said Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesman Hong Lei.
China wants nothing that might encourage separatist tensions, making Crimea a costly move for Russia, said American University professor Keith Darden.
"China has a very strict anti-secession One-China policy. It requires international support for its positions on Taiwan. The idea that by popular referendum some part of the country could decide that it's no longer part of the country without the approval of the central government is something they are never going to sign on to.  So Russia is isolating itself by this action," explained Darden.
When Russia vetoed a draft U.N. Security Council resolution on Crimea, China abstained, saying more should be done to de-escalate the crisis.
U.S. officials say they are consulting closely with China on Ukraine, trying to further isolate Russia by portraying its actions in Crimea as outside international norms.
"Our hope continues to be that many members of the international community, including China, are in coordination and cooperation about the illegal steps that Russia took in this case and the pressure that needs to be exerted from not just the United States, but countries around the world," said U.S. State Department Spokeswoman Jen Psaki.
Russian troops taking charge in a former Soviet republic also raises questions about whether Moscow will maintain the post-Cold War status quo.
"Kazakhstan, for example, is absolutely alarmed by the idea that Russian-speaking populations should have the right to determine whether they would secede and become part of the Russian Federation. Within the Commonwealth of Independent States, Russia has been enshrining the principle of sovereignty, and that's partly why it has had good relations with Kazakhstan and some of its neighbors. Undoing that is going to cause a lot of havoc in those relations," said Darden.
President Vladimir Putin maintains that Russia is not to blame for the crisis in Crimea. He has called an early April meeting of the post-Soviet Commonwealth of Independent States to discuss the crisis in Ukraine.

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by: jeremy from: australia
April 16, 2014 4:48 AM
America is wrong in this and have no right to even have an opinion on this matter.again they use bullying to achieve what they want.
What happened to democracy? America has pushed this so called ukraine president on the people when its clear the majority do not want him. America has shown itself to be a bully with out power and it is clear to the world that america is no longer considered a super power. Thank god for russia and their actions to protect the rights of ukraine.

by: mike from: us
April 11, 2014 3:41 AM
Russia needs the ports in the Ukraine to be secured. If the united states needed sea ports in Canada. Those areas should likewise go under their control. I really doubt the Ukraine took any steps to secure those ports in the interests of Russia. It's an age old story when any country get's land locked in an extended war front. Damned if you do damned if you don't. The root is Syria.

by: Anonymous
April 01, 2014 10:50 AM
Thats wrong,just to threaten Russia..!! To be more sincere,Russia deserves the right to protect its territory en Her neighbourhood above all,these were Her states thus need for US en EU to take care concerning Ukraine crisis..

by: Kennedy Chiti from: Zambia
March 23, 2014 2:58 AM
What Russian have done is very good for there survival after seeing Americans and their friends encircle him. This is almost similar to what happened in Cuba when American interests and security was threatened by Fidel Castro, up to today guantanamo is still occupied. Chinese are supporting Russia in this situation if they are not they would have voted together with the Americans. Why would American today run to China for help when they have treated Chinese investement and good will in their country with suspicion of the highest degree? Are the chinese so comfused as to aline themselves with the west when their claim over the small islands has been complicated by the west? Russians think for once and answer this question, what has givrn America and their allies so much authouritu in this world? They have killed innocent children and women in Iraqi and elsewhere and no one is applying sanctions on them. Kindly acknowledge that the imbalance in this world will not come to an end for as long as the American dollar is used as the international trade currency, introduce a currency that is to be controlled and monitored by the world bank or intetnational monetary fund for sanity to come into this world. Russia is monitoring what China is doing carefully, and do not forget a plan to bring down the chinese economy are way ahead and it will be Russia the chinese will call on. Saddam Hussein was invaded by the allied forces because their interest where threatend. Only France refused to be part of that war and they faced sanctions in the end. For how long are these other european countries going to learn to stand their ground like France did. Russian money is in London and fuelling the British economy, Germanys have a good and cheap source of energy from Russia, the entire europe is nicely connected to Russian energy and France has a signed deal with Russia for war ships. We know how these so called big countries have been doing to small weak countries for their survival. America should leave guantanamo and move out their war ships from around the world and let the Russians do the same. The Soviet era Russia is not the same as the current one. The west will one day go back to Russia and strike deals before an answer for Ukraine is found. A precedent has been set where a coup will be justfied by the west when their intrests are not threatend and this is exactly what they are doing in south sudan because no American company is pumping oil. May God who never forgets be with you.

by: sammy from: los angeles
March 21, 2014 12:54 PM
Not only china but India and many other countries are supporting Russia in this. China did not vote because only one veto was needed. This article is wishful thinking rather than what reality on the field attests to. America is finding itself more and more isolated and transparent with it hegemonic and imperialistic ambitions and the world is getting tired of it. Terrorist America had invaded other countries for simply stealing resources and destroying infrastructure so corporations can take over. Too bad America, my country, lost legitimacy in the 21st century.
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by: Wade Collins from: Crimea
March 22, 2014 7:41 PM
Sammy, you apparently can't read. China and India is not supporting the action. Go on with your rant.
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by: Ram from: Kerala
March 22, 2014 11:44 AM

by: George
March 21, 2014 10:05 AM
China andd Russia is a solid duo and can't be split Same story happened in S.Ossetia story but there was no split I do believe this article reflects a wish and not a sense of reality The author wants this to be a self-fulfilling prophesy but... Actually, EU did NOT split with USA even when it was revealed that USA was spying EU and even after the 'f...EU' story But if i have to bet my money on a split...guess what...i would bet on a German-USA split Any disagreement?

by: justice first from: us
March 19, 2014 8:29 AM
china is clearly on the side of UN's chartered position, that a nation has sovereignty and territorial integrity that other nations "should" respect. But it is also true, unfortunately, that some nations "choose" to ignore it when it suits their needs. The US is by far the country holding such double standards in the ways it conduct its many international affairs in the last 20 years. The Russian may argue that if the US can choose to ignore international law at times, so can the Russian. In a way China has chosen a middle position of accepting the international norm, but also acknowledging the fact that these norms are not always rigidly adhered to by great powers. This is the dilemma of the 21st century that the international community must deal with with respect to international law. It may be true that justification of any action may not be sufficient on basis of law alone, but that practical geopolitical situations, and history, may be taken into account in settling disputes.
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by: Not Again from: Canada
March 19, 2014 2:25 PM
Can you indicate, over the past 60 years, which country's territory was annexed by the USA, or any other Western Country that has done so? The US intervenes when it is asked to do so under treaties, by allies, or when a country becomes a terrorist base. In not a single instance has the US, or any of the other Western countries, taken over, consolidated and incorporated the territory of another nation state. If I recall correctly, Russia is the first nation state to violate and incorporate a vast land area from another state since the creation of the UN.

by: Donc from: New York
March 19, 2014 5:19 AM
In the future, we will read

Reality --> Chinese Han people want to know more about their origins.

VOA --> Chinese people not sure of their roots, questions their origin, uncertain of their forefathers, in fact they think they are not Han chinese.
Reality --> Chinese people want more freedom in their lives.

VOA --> chinese people want to topple their government, kill their culture, want to adapt western culture, they want more western life styles.
Reality --> China announce it's ADIZ at East China Sea, slightly overlapped with Japan ADIZ.

VOA --> China aggressive behavior was recently rectified by her new ADIZ at East China Sea, irritating our beloved ally at Pacific Asia, Japan. Japan peaceful development albeit we gladly received their friendly bombing at our Pearl Harbor, we will look forward to work together with Japan.
Reality --> China avoids conflict with recent Ukraine crisis, avoid confrontation with its neighbors, Russia while the country 7000 miles away tried to influence with their leaked audio, who to pick and who to choose their puppet government.

VOA --> read this article.
Reality --> &)();&);;))&)9$(9


by: Not Again from: Canada
March 18, 2014 9:04 PM
China's split from Russia, is not at all unexpected; after all it was the Russian imperialists, that over the centuries, stripped China of Kamchatka, most of central Siberia, and Russia even attempted to take advantage of the Imperial Japanese occupation of Manchura, and push further South beyond Mongolia. Putin is sending very bad signals, that are concerning even China. In due time, as history demonstrates, as all other empires were pushed back, so it will be with Russia. Russia's disregard of international borders, will in time backfire. If every nation starts redrawing its borders, Russia, which originally was only a few hundred square miles around Moskow, which has taken the most land, from everyone else for the past 5 centuries, stands to be the biggest looser.
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by: meanbill from: USA
March 20, 2014 8:30 PM
THE WISE MAN said it; ... China owes a great debt to Russia that is forever lasting, for their help in supplying weapons, and volunteers to fight Japan, and the US in North Korea, and Vietnam...
FACT; .. Mao himself approved the Manchurian borders with Russia, out of gratitude for their help in defeating Japan, and the US AND European supported Nationalist Chinese army..
WHEN China talks, listen carefully, to what they say, and don't repeat something they didn't say.. ..... REALLY
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by: James from: U.S.
March 19, 2014 9:53 AM
@Jonathan huang
Just keep talking because the more people like you stress your hatred for the U.S., the more the U.S. will decide to cut China off from its trade. We will do business with countries that do not like us, but declaring the U.S. an enemy is a completely different animal.
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by: Jonathan huang from: Canada
March 19, 2014 12:40 AM
Enemy's enemy is friend. Russia s biggest enemy is America, China's biggest threat is also America, no wonder why China and Russia go so close.
Majority Chinese admire Putins assertiveness. And one day we Chinese will also say no to evil America!

by: uscitizen444 from: US
March 18, 2014 8:20 PM
China's split has given me great respect for the Chinese. I agree totally with their stance on this situation.
Was vote in Crimea fair? Maybe, maybe not. Putin thinks so.
If not, can it be proved? Majority Russians in Crimea? Majority wins. Democracy right? Where there any hanging chads?
Obama to hasty? Was there a vote by the people before imposing sanctions?
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