China's first aircraft carrier Liaoning. (File photo/Xinhua)
As Russia looks to strengthen ties with China, the country can profit from selling weapons while also helping China to resist US influence in the Asia-Pacific region, writes Huanqiu, the website of China's nationalistic tabloid Global Times, citing a Russian military expert.
The expert, who works for a military institution in Russia and wished to remain anonymous, suggested that Moscow would side with China in a potential conflict with the US. Russia may also look to help China build a powerful naval force with five to six aircraft carriers.
Meanwhile, Russian president Vladimir Putin arrived in Shanghai on Tuesday for a two-day visit, during which he hopes to sign a lucrative 30-year deal to supply natural gas to China.
The expert said Moscow is looking to strengthen its cooperation with Beijing as its geopolitical ally to counter the US and will also help Beijing stand firm over territorial spats with neighboring countries in the South China Sea, which the expert claimed have been instigated by the US.
Liu Guchang, a former Chinese ambassador to Russia, said Washington's attempt to prevent China and Russia's emergence has backfired and contributed to cooperation between the two. Liu said the partnership will have a profound influence over international affairs and will work to counter US domination.
China's main enemy is the US Navy, said the Russian expert, since the country plans to expand its influence in Asia-Pacific region and has great interest in disputed territories that are rich in oil and natural gas.
The actions of the US have prevented the normal development of China's relations with its neighboring countries, the expert said, adding that the US has worked hard to avoid a Beijing-Tokyo alliance as it would challenge the US dollar's dominance and bury the currency completely in Asia.
Although China's navy has become one of the strongest in the world, it is no match for its US counterpart, which can deploy its twelve aircraft carriers anywhere in the world, said the expert. Russia has a competitive edge in building aircraft carriers and China needs five to six as soon as possible, he said. The expert said that Russia can provide these at reasonable prices and if the two countries were to enter a contract it could bring in over US$10 billion of revenue to Russia.
China would also be able to act as a balance to the US influence in the Indian Ocean and Southeast Asia, the expert added.
Liu Guchang 劉古昌