We are currently witnessing a new conflict between Russia and the West, which some people have compared to a new Cold War. Additionally, the relations between China and the West are not as good as they were, and Nancy Pelosi's visit to Taiwan has not improved them. In this situation, an alliance between Russia and China seems likely. Some politicians, such as Henry Kissinger and Marine Le Pen, have expressed such concerns, but they do not have any political power. In this context, I am wondering if any current Western politicians (presidents or members of government) have also expressed such concerns?

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    When you say "expressed concerns" what do you mean? As in "they could invade the US" or "it could be bad for China/Russia" or something else? US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken has expressed concern although it's not clear the precise nature of his concern - but politicians tend not to say "we're worried we'll get invaded" because that's not a good way to win votes.
    – Stuart F
    Aug 4, 2022 at 13:23
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    What's wrong with this question to justify the DVs? That's a huge question our politicians should be concerned about. If the DVs are there because the implication is that we should be nicer to Russia: this is not in the question. Aug 4, 2022 at 17:56
  • Mearsheimer Balance of Power 101
    – Raveesh
    Jan 7 at 14:36

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Sure, Macron did. At least before 2022.

Macron welcomed Putin again, in 2019, at the Fort of Brégançon, the Presidential summer retreat on the Mediterranean, where he acknowledged “this great power that is Russia” and offered to build, together, “a new security architecture for our Europe.” He doubled down a week later at a gathering of French Ambassadors. “Pushing Russia away from Europe is a profound strategic error, because we will push Russia either into an isolation that increases tensions or into alliances with other great powers such as China,” Macron said.

I'm not sure if he's repeated it the same terms since though.

As for less powerful politicians, you can include EU's High Representative for Common Foreign and Security Policy Borrell, quoted as saying (in 2021) that the EU has no “interest in pushing Russia and China closer together.” Borrell, in fact, wrote quite a bit about it on that occasion.

Likewise former

German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas warned, in a speech to the Bundestag, that the EU should avoid being heavy-handed with Moscow. “You would be driving Russia and China into each other’s arms, and thereby also be creating the largest economic and military alliance in the world,” he stated.

I'm not sure which politicians (with power) in the US have articulated this, but the "average Joe" also sees the Russia-China ties as a "very serious problem for the US", according to 62% of those asked in a Pew poll this year. (I suppose one can include Trump here as a person of influence at least joking about starting a war between Russia and China--by a false flag operation.) As for the Biden administration, "expressed concern" is probably an understatement when they e.g. Biden told Xi there would be 'consequences' if China were to help Russia in the war in Ukraine. On the other hand, before the invasion Biden sought to downplay the growing Russia-China ties as "nothing new".


Surely, Volodymyr Zelensky himself stressed the importance of Chinese neutrality over the war in his country. Normally quite forceful, Zelensky offers here a nuanced view. Neutrality is still much better to him.

Generally, the main trading partner for China seems USA when Russia is making only one tenth of that. This may explain why China tries to keep relations balanced.


At least acording to a russian sorce Stoltenberg expressed such concerns:

The NATO Secretary General saw a threat in the alliance of Russia and China

NATO Secretary General Stoltenberg said that cooperation between Russia and China threatens the West

MOSCOW, January 7 — RIA Novosti. NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said that the growing cooperation between Russia and China threatens the world order established by Western countries.

"They are united by the fact that they want a different world order. The fact is that they do not share our values and are trying to defend interests that violate our faith in freedom and democracy. In this dangerous world, the countries of the alliance must stick together," he said at a conference in Norway.

As Stoltenberg noted, the main evidence of the unification of the two states was Beijing's refusal to condemn the Russian special operation in Ukraine.

"On the contrary, China is promoting the Russian narrative, blaming NATO for the current situation and for the first time supported Russia's demand that the alliance close its doors to new members," the Secretary General said.

In addition, Stoltenberg stressed the deepening of relations between Moscow and Beijing in the military and economic spheres.

On the eve of the New Year, Putin and Xi Jinping held talks via video link. The Chinese President, in particular, said that Beijing is ready to strengthen strategic cooperation with Moscow and work with it to protect the sovereignty and security of the two countries. Putin, for his part, noted that the importance of the strategic partnership between Russia and China as a stabilizing factor is increasing in the context of increasing geopolitical tensions. In his opinion, the coordination of Moscow and Beijing serves to form a just world order.

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    You may want to check whether this is an alternative (and possibly more "first-hand"?) source for the same speech that the above article shows excerpts of. Jan 8 at 0:12

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