Russia's full-scale invasion of Ukraine is enabled by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), which not only refused to condemn the military action but supported Russian President Vladimir Putin's Hitlerian explanations for aggression. Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying claimed: “We have stated China’s principled position on the Ukraine issue. There is a complex historical background and context on this issue. The current situation is the result of the interplay of various factors.….. If all parties had done more to promote peace, showed more respect and accommodation for each other’s security concerns...” The CCP spokesperson refused to criticize Russia but instead went on to blame the United States for inciting aggression.
The “hidden” truth is that China has attached itself to Russia in a way seldom seen between great powers in history. From an article in The Economist penned a few weeks before the Ukraine invasion: “When President Xi Jinping welcomes Vladimir Putin, the Russian leader he calls his 'best friend', to a planned summit just before the Beijing Winter Olympics open on February 4th, powerful interests will bind the two men. China has capital to invest, technology to sell and an ever-growing appetite for oil, gas and other commodities. Russia’s economy, though ailing, complements China’s, offering natural resources that can be supplied via pipelines and railways which are — in happy contrast with maritime supply routes — immune to blockade by foreign navies……. Both see a world order being reshaped... creating chances to test and divide the democratic West. Chinese and Russian diplomats and propaganda organs relay and amplify parallel narratives about the benefits of iron-fisted order over American-style dysfunction."
A number of senior Western officials have noted the danger of this alliance and its targeting of the Western liberal order. Liz Truss, UK Foreign Secretary, described the relationship as one “emboldened in a way we haven’t seen since the cold war.” Rep. Mike Gallagher (R - Wis.) described to The New York Times the solid Chinese support of Putin’s actions against Western interests: “The Chinese support all of Putin’s narrative to blame the West for provoking Russia. I see no change in the Chinese views on Russia. They remain in a de facto alliance against the West at this point.”
Experts note that China’s “Belt and Road Initiative” (BRI) has shackled a number of nations through economic compromise to follow CCP bidding. China and BRI countries provide assurance to Putin he can overcome American and European sanctions. Putin is not stupid and would have known the West would sanction him in a draconian manner for the invasion of Ukraine. He would only have risked these sanctions if he knew China and BRI nations “had his back.” Unfortunately, they do have his back as we are seeing.
The CCP, in turn, uses a strategy called "elite capture" against a number of Western elites, including those in the media. Award-winning author and journalist Peter Schweizer explained the CCP thinking on this: "If we can capture them with sweetheart deals, with other benefits, we can effectively lobotomize the United States by making them unresponsive to our threats." In his book Red-Handed: How American Elites Get Rich Helping China Win, Schweizer provides detailed evidence of the ways the CCP has compromised many American elites. As an example, President Joe Biden never once called out CCP duplicity with Russia during his State of the Union speech. Schweizer devotes part of his book to the ways in which the Biden family has been part of the elite capture by the CCP.
Putin’s invasion of Ukraine would not have happened, and could not continue, without the help of the CCP. It's time for America and Western Allies to put rightful blame on not just Russia but the CCP, and demand China stop enabling Putin to risk a nuclear holocaust. “Righteousness exalts a Nation” (Proverbs 14:34). It’s time we demand righteousness of our leadership in confronting the CCP over their role in naked aggression.
Bill Connor, a retired Army Infantry colonel, author and Orangeburg attorney, has deployed multiple times to the Middle East. Connor was the senior U.S. military adviser to Afghan forces in Helmand Province, where he received the Bronze Star. A Citadel graduate with a JD from USC, he is also a Distinguished Graduate of the U.S. Army War College, earning his master of strategic studies. He is the author of the book Articles from War.