A leaked post on social media provided insight into how China’s Communist Party expects media outlets to cover Russia invading Ukraine. Horizon News, a subgroup of Beijing News, leaked the “instructions” on Weibo. “Simply put, China has to back Russia up with emotional and moral support while refraining from treading on the toes of the United States and European Union,” stated Ming Jinwei, a senior editor at the Xinhua News Agency.
Russia and China have aligned in recent years both financially and politically. Russia recently showed support for China during the Beijing Olympics as other world leaders declined to send even their diplomats. Earlier in the month, Vladimir Putin and Xi Jinping unified in their opposition to NATO expansion and stated that there are “no limits” to the China-Russia partnership.
According to the Carnegie Moscow Center, as reported by Business Insider, trade has dramatically increased between Russia and China. In 2004, the two nations traded $10.7 billion, but now exchange $140 billion between the two. As for the leaked instructions, the Chinese Communist Party is studying Russia’s Ukraine invasion for tips. “In the future, China will also need Russia’s understanding and support when wrestling with America to solve the Taiwan issue once and for all,” the post noted. Alliances have been formed and Russia and China are now standing as a united front against the West.