While Europe is investigating the culprit behind the sabotage of the Russian gas pipeline, the Chinese regime is using disinformation to undermine confidence in democratic countries. On September 30, the Chinese consul general in Northern Ireland, Zhang Meifang, circulated controversial messages incriminating Europe’s most important ally for the pipeline attacks.
Meifang shared on his Twitter account a screenshot from China Daily, with a satire that read, “No one knows for sure who attacked the Nord Stream pipeline until an investigation is conducted.
But everyone knows who is going to suffer a cold winter. And everyone knows which ally is to blame.”
Some critics believe that this is the way Chinese officials demonstrate their loyalty to the Chinese Communist Party (CCP).
For Center for Strategic International Studies (CSIS) researcher Brian Hart, Meifang’s attitude undermines democratic values. And in an October 1 tweet he said, “Another example of PRC diplomats spreading blatantly false pro-Russian and anti-US narratives and propaganda.”
In turn, China’s former ambassador to Iraq and Lebanon, Cao Yi, mocked the U.S. administration over the alleged sabotage of Nord Stream, saying in a tweet, “Who hates Russian pipelines? U.S. Who tried to prevent their construction? U.S. Who said they would destroy them? U.S. Who benefits from their destruction? U.S.A. Who destroyed them? We have no idea.”
Russian gas pipelines, Nord Stream 1 and 2, built to transport natural gas to Europe under the Baltic Sea, suffered four attacks between September 26 and 29. But they were not in operation, they only had gas in storage, which when exploded formed bubbles up to 1 km (about 3,200 feet) in diameter.
They have not determined who is responsible yet. Both the West and Russia are pointing fingers at each other, but without clear evidence so far.
At a time when tensions for global dominance between the U.S. and the CCP are growing, the Chinese regime’s disinformation attacks have apparently increased and the situation between the two powers is building to a peak.
Sino-Russian relations seem to be growing
On September 16, the leaders of China and Russia met in Uzbekistan within the framework of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO). The convention was meant to strengthened their relations.
President Vladimir Putin wished the CCP congress success and ratified his position of support for the CCP in its sovereignty claim over Taiwan.
While the Chinese regime did not specifically mention the war in Ukraine, Chinese leader Xi Jinping pledged his support to the Kremlin saying, “China is willing to work with Russia to provide strong mutual support for each other on issues related to their respective core interests,” China’s state-run news agency Xinhua reported.
The report also stated that Xi “emphasized that China will work with Russia to deepen practical cooperation in trade, agriculture, connectivity, and other areas.”
According to Chinese Customs data, total exports from Russia increased by more than 50% from January to August compared to the same period last year. In this way, the Chinese regime would be ignoring the sanctions imposed on Putin by the West.
According to critics, it is natural for the CCP to want to move closer to Russia because of the tensions with the U.S.
According to Oh Ei Sun, a senior research fellow at the Singapore Institute of International Affairs, “The Russia-China relationship is a stance against the U.S.-China relationship.”
He added, “If the U.S.-China relationship worsens, Russia and China will get even closer. Right now, the U.S.-China relationship is not working well, so it is natural that the Russia-China relationship will improve,” VOA reported.
US and China drift further apart
On her tour of Asia on September 28, Vice President Kamala Harris took the opportunity to visit the U.S. military base in Yokosuka, Japan. There, Harris declared that China is undermining international order and reaffirmed support for Taiwan, “If Taiwan faces an unprecedented attack, the United States will send troops to help defend Taiwan.” She then added, “Taiwan is a vibrant democracy that contributes to the world in technology, health, and other areas, and the United States will continue to deepen unofficial relations with Taiwan.”
President Biden said during an interview for CBS on “60 Minutes,” on September 18, that the U.S. would support Taiwan in the event of an attack by the Chinese regime.
Although he also stated that his government remains committed to the “one China” policy and that Washington officially recognizes Beijing and not Taipei.