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10:45 AM July 6, 2016

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Russia Disappoints China -The tension over territorial disputes in the South China Sea have seems to overcome even the issue before of Senkaku/Diayu Islands. Vietnam and the Giant country are also involved in their worst political conflicts which are already decades over a platform of oil drilling near the Paracel Islands.

And because of the anti-China protests in Vietnam, this brought the relation of both countries’ to a temporary freeze. Moreover, the Philippines’ detention of Chinese fishermen has increased the discord between the China and the country.


And will all these conflicts occurring at the same time, the issue in the South China sea becomes even more serious.

Behind this picture of the issue, we have seen the United States criticizing China, expressing support for Vietnam and guarded the Philippine Military. But we haven’t heard Russia, China’s “strategic partner,” take a stand on this big issue, who now think that the relationship between Russia and China are not as good as before. Even on the Senkaku/Diaoyu dispute between Vietnam and China, Russia has kept a cryptic position.

In a report by Mu Chunshan, a Beijing-based journalist on The Diplomat he said, “ In my eyes, however, this does not mean that Russia’s is of two minds in its relationship with China.”

He also lists down the 4 main reasons of complicated political and strategic factors of both countries.

Chunshan said that China-Russia relationship is different from Philippine-US relations, for China and Russia are not allies. There is no treaty between the 2 countries, unlike US and Philippines as well as Japan and US, that sets obligations to provide political and military support to its partner. In short, this is the highest bilateral relationships in international relations. While China-Russia has a characteristic of strategic partnership, the 2 are not bound by treaty obligations.

Second, “Russia enjoys good relations with countries bordering the South China Sea and does not need to offend Southeast Asia for the sake of China. As noted above, Russia is not enthusiastic about publicly backing China on the South China Sea issue. One of the most important reasons for this is that Russia enjoys good relations with many of the Southeast Asian countries,” Chunshan continued.

Third, it is not necessary for Russia to directly seek out confrontation with the US over the South China Sea. Russia is currently focusing onEurope, especially in the occurring crisis in Ukraine that las already modified confrontation between the West and Russia.
“Given this, Russia has neither the desire nor the ability to confront the U.S. in the South China Sea,” he added.

He also highlighted that “The U.S. is only an influencing factor, not a determining factor that will determine the future of the situation. In this context, as an outsider and bystander, Russia has even less of a motivation to support China and criticize the U.S.”

Fourth, China’s development has actually caused some worries within Russia. To some west people, the tumult between China and other countries in the South China Sea could help restrict China’s “expansion” into other regions.

“In Russia, there has always been some concern that China’s development will lead to the Russian far east being gradually “occupied” by the Chinese, with this vast territory, along with its resources, becoming fodder for China’s development. Although Russian officials are optimistic about the potential for cooperation in the far east, they have never for a moment relaxed their guard against China’s so-called “territorial expansion.”” he said.

No need for China to be doubtful and feel disappointed about Russia’s viewpoint on the South China Sea Disputes.

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  • Mukarran Habib June 30, 2016, 6:08 am

    This article is nothing but a crap. Just a propganda against China.

    • ZeNtai PH July 14, 2016, 3:21 am

      @Mukarran Propaganda against tsina is not necessary, cause nobody likes tsina anyway. Not even their supposed allies.

    • Joshua Mendoza July 14, 2016, 2:14 pm

      To be fair China has been an (removed) to their neighbours.

  • Jeffrey July 13, 2016, 1:58 pm

    The u.s is waiting for war china cant not touch us pilipinos because in 1st cause china can ignite a fuse of war just think of it china gets in war its a suicide china will loss every thing the world agains china …. BIG Ow

  • Nolan Fajardo July 13, 2016, 7:16 pm

    Big Red (RUS) and the Giant (US) will go against the Big fart face bully (CHI)

  • JP July 13, 2016, 8:14 pm

    @ Mukarran Habib, Oh Shut Up Mukarran, The Philippnes WON, get over it, The Philippines rightfully are entitled to that Exclusive Econimic Zone, when you say it’s just propaganda, that’s BS!!!!. You are a Loser those communist china, Loser. Philippines WON. End of Story.

  • Vic July 14, 2016, 9:17 am

    Russia must help in taming china in its aggresive territorial claims in the WPS, because if not, it is very liely that china will proceed in its reclaim of Vladivostok (which became Russian territory in 1860), where the first settlers are also chinese.

  • Manivannan July 14, 2016, 12:46 pm

    USA is the big brother, China the second.. they both want to quarrel on something to show their supremacy…
    China got already (removed) very hard by Russia in 1960,when all the chinese troops, who were engaged in capturing an island belobgs to Russia, got killed.. so China never dare to screw Russia..
    China is very ambitious, but very bad in nature.. USA is cunning.. Russia has it’s own problems.. India is a (removed) up country..
    Russia is the most trustable then comes India, USA and other NATOs..
    No one can control China, no one wants war.. If the war happens, only two countries survive, China and India, because they have huge population.. their people are living all over the world..
    HAN chinese are the greediest people and they build economies of ASEAN countries.. so, any time your countries can be (removed) economically..HANs love mainland China more than Phili or Malaysia or Singapore or Thailand or Vietnam or Indonesia or Cambodia, Laos etc.. so be careful…

  • UAlamia Usban July 14, 2016, 3:55 pm

    Yes the Philippines won but we have now the President that promotes peace over human destruction and he cannot be influenced by anybody.

  • Sars July 19, 2016, 2:22 am

    If it’s easy for China to disrespect international laws, how can Russia have faith it’s friendship with China is exempted? If someday china decides Russia is dispensable, which friends are left?

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