China became the main foreign policy rival of the United States instead of Russia

Over the last three years Russia has lost its status as the main rival of the United States, this role is now played in China, writes the Financial Times. According to the newspaper, the administration of U.S. President Donald trump began to consider China the biggest threat, in terms of technology and weapons

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U.S. Secretary of state Mike Pompeo at a press briefing on 23 July stated that there is a probability that Moscow will be able to engage in a confrontation with Beijing

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Over the last three years Russia has lost its status as the main rival of the United States, this role is now played in China, writes the Financial Times. According to the newspaper, the administration of U.S. President Donald trump began to consider China the biggest threat both from the point of view of technologies and weapons.

As the newspaper notes, the recent threats and demands are accompanied by China’s “increasingly belligerent tone.” Although the interaction between Moscow and Beijing intensified after the introduction of Western sanctions and the annexation of Crimea, in some circles of the USA hope that Russia will unite with the US to counter China, a relationship which is not as strong as it seems at first glance.

According to media, problems in Russian-Chinese relations says, in particular, the fact that the Minister of foreign Affairs Sergey Lavrov missed a video conference within the initiative “one belt, One road” instead, the Russian side was represented by Ambassador-at request, Kirill Barsky. In addition, during the celebration of the 160th anniversary of the Foundation of Vladivostok Chinese Internet users have accused Russia that the city is located on lands previously owned by China.

Interviewed by the newspaper experts believe the naive notion that Washington will be able to set Moscow against Beijing. At the same time Russia to maintain the existing world order almost nothing, while China is the main beneficiary and tends to occupy a more important position.

U.S. Secretary of state Mike Pompeo at a press briefing on 23 July stated that there is a probability that Moscow will be able to engage in a confrontation with Beijing. Deputy Secretary of state Steven bihun said earlier that the United States should be more flexible and find a weak spot in Russia’s relations with China. In turn, Elbridge Colby, who previously held a high post in the Pentagon, indicates that Washington should reduce the number of irritants in relations with Moscow, in order to achieve a cooling of relations between Russia and China. The official representative of the foreign Ministry Maria Zakharova said that the United States decided “to provoke a clash in the public sphere of Russia and China” “And this, I can assure you, they will not work”, – said Zakharov.

Contrary to recent statements by Donald trump on good relations with China, in practice, relations between the two countries remain very tense. In may, U.S. Secretary of state Michael Pompeo said that Washington will take steps to prevent of arrival in the U.S., Chinese citizens who can engage in espionage in the interests of the Chinese authorities. We are talking about the alleged cancellation of the visas of about 3 thousand students and scholars from China that are associated with educational institutions collaborating with the people’s liberation army (PLA).

Pompeo is not directly confirmed this information, but said that the Communist party of China “worked hard to get a huge impact in the United States.” And in June, the U.S. Senate unanimously approved a bill that would impose sanctions against Chinese officials of undermining the autonomy of Hong Kong

U.S. authorities also continue to accuse China of concealing information about coronavirus: according to media reports, the staff of the laboratory in Wuhan, which became a center of infection, fled the country and cooperating with Western intelligence agencies to identify the origin of the virus. Some scholars said that in China about the features of the new virus, known since the end of last year, however, scientists then allegedly told her to keep quiet and be careful. In China, these data are rejected.

A new round of conflict occurred after the United States ordered the closure of the Consulate of China in Houston. Earlier, the Ministry of justice was charged with the theft of trade secrets and fraud two citizens of China, who, according to investigators, tried to gain access to the computer networks of us companies working on a vaccine against coronavirus.

According to the FBI, the Consulate General played the role of “high-tech communications hub for the coordination and implementation of operations in the intelligence field.” In addition, depodesta allegedly helped Chinese intelligence infiltrate in the oil and gas industry and was well fortified in order to prevent the observations from the United States.

The President of the United States, Donald trump told reporters that he did not exclude closing and other Consulate General of the PRC, then it became known that the US does not intend to resume the activities of its Consulate in Wuhan. Embassy of China in the United States called the decision of the us authorities about the closure of the Consulate General of China in Houston as a political provocation and violation of international laws. There called “immediately cancel this erroneous decision,” otherwise threatening to “legitimate and necessary” response. One of these actions should be the closure of the U.S. Consulate General in Sichuan province. It is also known that the Chinese side has developed a plan of action in case the US “will become even more aggressive.”