The Russian government recently claimed that NATO’s entire satellite network and military infrastructure are supporting Ukraine in the ongoing war. At the same time, as the anniversary of the Russia–Ukraine war approaches, Chinese leader Xi Jinping is said to be planning a visit to Moscow, signaling closer ties between the two countries.
Xi’s State Visit Signals Closer TiesConcurrently, China and Russia are strengthening their collaboration as the anniversary of the Russia–Ukraine war nears.
U.S.-based China affairs expert Lan Shu told The Epoch Times he believes there could be two reasons for Xi’s visit to Russia at this time.
First, the CCP may be trying to increase its bargaining power during U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken’s upcoming visit to China.
That visit was indefinitely postponed just hours before Blinken’s scheduled departure for Beijing on Feb. 5, due to an intrusion into U.S. airspace by a Chinese spy balloon. The CCP has acknowledged that the balloon belonged to China.
Second, Xi may wish to make a public statement to the world in support of Russia.
CCP-backed Enterprise Supports Russian MilitaryOn Jan. 26, the U.S. Treasury Department sanctioned Chinese satellite manufacturer Spacety China for providing assistance to the Wagner Group, a Russian paramilitary organization, in the war between Russia and Ukraine.
The Wagner Group, which has recently been designated by the United States as a transnational criminal organization, has provided tens of thousands of mercenaries to the Russian military in the Russia–Ukraine war.
The small satellite manufacturer, also known as Tianyi Research Institute, has offices in Beijing and Luxembourg. According to a U.S. Treasury Department statement, Spacety China provided Russian technology company Terra Tech with synthetic aperture radar (SAR) satellite images of Ukraine. The images were collected to enable the Wagner Group to conduct combat operations in Ukraine.
Spacety China: the CCP’s Trojan HorseLan Shu stressed that the CCP’s approach to civil-military integration (CMI) is totally different from that of Western countries.
In Western countries, CMI is generally a way for defense and civilian industries to work together to develop technologies. Advancements in military technology can be transferred to civilian use, meeting both defense and commercial needs. Conversely, technology advances in the commercial sphere benefit the military, and may be aimed to fulfill specific goals as the military makes known its needs.
This is seen in the United States, as the U.S. military has forged closer ties to the private sector, acknowledging that much of today’s breakthrough technology is coming from commercial sources.
China, on the other hand, lacks the level of technology and personnel to meet the CCP’s defense goals. Therefore, the CCP has created its own version of CMI, which it calls “military-civil fusion.”
Connecting the DotsLike Spacety China, Russia’s Wagner Group operates under the guise of a private company. However, its management and operations are closely tied to the Russian military and intelligence community. It has about 50,000 troops in Ukraine.
China’s “private tech companies” function similarly. These companies may look like private enterprises, but they do not mirror U.S. military-industrial corporations such as Lockheed Martin, Boeing, and Raytheon. Instead, the CCP uses them as Trojan horses to infiltrate and steal critical military technologies from the West.
Understanding Chinese thinking on military-civil fusion, and examining the ties between Spacety China and the CCP military, and between Wagner Group and Putin’s military, it is easy to connect the dots: the Chinese regime is in fact directly supporting Russia in the ongoing Russia–Ukraine war.