Secretary-General of NATO dissatisfied with China; Antony Blinken visited China

Stoltenberg doesn't understand China's leadership policies, emphasizing that while China intends to have good relations with the West, their actions indicate otherwise.

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Secretary-General of NATO dissatisfied with China; Antony Blinken visited China
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Secretary-General of NATO Jens Stoltenberg is not pleased with China's behavior. Namely, their close relations with Russia and support for Russians regarding the war in Ukraine are not reasons for positive feelings towards China.

Last year, Stoltenberg highlighted that Russia heavily relied on China, importing 90 percent of its microelectronics from them. These microelectronics were utilized in the production of various military equipment such as missiles, tanks, and aircraft. Additionally, China was actively engaged in improving Russia's satellite capabilities. 

In moments when most of the world stands in support of Ukraine and aims to aid them in their fight against Russia, China has aligned itself with Russia, offering assistance to the country from the outset of the conflict. By doing so, China has potentially garnered numerous adversaries worldwide, and their previously strong relations with the US appear to be slowly deteriorating.

Stoltenberg doesn't understand China's leadership policies, emphasizing that while China intends to have good relations with the West, their actions indicate otherwise. Supporting Russia is not the way China will foster positive relations with the West, as backing Russia could mean even greater chaos in the world. 

Stoltenberg believes that China cannot sit on two chairs. The NATO Secretary-General thinks that Western countries must be cautious and approach the situation rationally. He has sent a message to Western countries not to become too dependent on China.
 

The relationship between China and the US is strained: Blinken wants to improve relations

As we've already mentioned, the relationship between China and the US isn't exactly the best, especially after the events in Ukraine. Many are concerned as the conflict between these two countries doesn't promise positive outcomes on the global stage.

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi had the opportunity to talk to US Secretary of State Antony Blinken. Wang Yi emphasized that the improved relations between the US and China have been disrupted again. Namely, the US is threatening sanctions against Chinese companies supplying the Russian defense industry. 

Wang believes that China's developmental rights are being suppressed, fearing that this will further jeopardize relations between the two countries. 

Blinken said he wants to discuss with Yi to resolve issues of this nature. According to media reports, Blinken could also meet with the Chinese president, but it is still unknown whether these rumors are true. The intention of both countries is to improve relations, move forward together in prosperity, and resolve previous issues. Chinese authorities are not pleased with the US policy directed towards them, as the US does not support China's friendship with Russia.

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken had the opportunity to talk to Shanghai Party Secretary Chen Jining yesterday. He emphasized the importance of maintaining communication and talking to each other, and based on that, moving forward together in the future. Blinken highlighted that the US intends to maintain good relations with everyone, including China. The two world's most developed economies surely have common ground and shared goals they want to achieve in the coming period.

“I think it’s important to underscore the value — in fact, the necessity — of direct engagement, of speaking to each other, laying out our differences, which are real, seeking to work through them,” Blinken said.

“We have an obligation for our people — indeed an obligation to the world — to manage the relationship between our two countries responsibly.”

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Chen believes that the relationship between these two countries dictates global events and has a huge impact on the citizens of both nations. Antony Blinken also put an accent on the presidents of both countries, stressing that both intend to improve relations between the people of both nations. Economic cooperation is a priority, Blinken believes, and with joint efforts and willingness, it's certain that both countries can prosper and strengthen economically more than ever before.

TikTok problems

The US Congress has approved a bill requiring the separation of the widely-used social media platform TikTok from its Chinese owners. TikTok is one of the most popular social media platforms worldwide, experiencing rapid growth day by day. The owners of TikTok are optimistic that this social media will continue to grow even further and become the number one platform in the future.

Failure to comply could result in a ban within the world's largest economy. President Biden has backed the legislation, expressing concerns about security and privacy issues, especially among TikTok's young user demographic. China has criticized the US, labeling the move as unfair economic coercion. 

The Chinese are not happy with such reactions from US leaders and other important political figures of this country. It must be acknowledged that the relationship between these two countries has been strained recently, with optimism that the future may bring better days for both nations.

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