Tuesday, March 04, 2014

How goes Kitay?

Since the Crimean crisis started, I have been wondering how China would react to Russia's action. Chinese foreign policy is guided by the principle that countries should not interfere in the affairs of other countries. (Which is basically the same principle that guides Russian foreign policy in every part of the world except for the lands of the former Soviet Empire (the "near abroad")).

So how would China see the Russian incursion into Crimea? Would it view that as Russian invasion/intervention into the affairs of Ukraine that violate China's non-interference principle? Or would China view Crimea as essentially Russian land, and thus the peninsula would be a "wayward province" of Russia, like Taiwan is to China?

It looks like the latter. Which means that Russia has at least one important ally on this adventure. It might be their only one. Even the former Soviet Republics who have a close relationship with Russia are being a lot more hesitant on this one.

(via Memorandum)