China paper slams West's "Cold War mentality" over Ukraine

BEIJING Wed Feb 26, 2014 10:16pm EST

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BEIJING (Reuters) - China's top newspaper criticized the West on Thursday for remaining locked in a "Cold War mentality" against Russia in the contest for influence over Ukraine, calling for the shackles of such outmoded thinking to be cast off to deal with the crisis.

The commentary published in the People's Daily, the flagship newspaper of the ruling Communist Party, was the strongest reaction yet in Beijing to the rift between the West and Russia that has been growing since the ouster of Moscow's ally Viktor Yanukovich as president following weeks of protests.

"The theories related to politics, economics and security during the Cold War period are still influencing many people on their concept of the world, and some Western people are still imbued with resentment towards Russia," the paper said.

It called on Western countries to "abandon their outdated thinking" and expand cooperation.

"Ridding the shackles of the Cold War mentality will reduce unnecessary confrontation, thereby allowing for a smoother transition in international relations."

The commentary was published under the pen name "Zhong Sheng", meaning "Voice of China", which is often used to give the paper's view on foreign policy issues.

China and Russia have close ties and see eye-to-eye on many international diplomatic issues, such as the crisis in Syria.

China has so far shown little public interest in participating in any financial aid for Ukraine, or getting involved diplomatically, in line with the low key approach it takes to many international crises.

China's foreign ministry has said it will not interfere in what it considers an internal affair and that it respects the Ukrainian people's decisions, adding that it would like to continue to develop "friendly cooperation" with the country.

East-West tensions over Ukraine have risen further since Russian President Vladimir Putin put 150,000 combat troops on high alert for war games near Ukraine, Moscow's boldest gesture since the ouster of Yanukovich.

The United States warned Russia on Wednesday it would be a "grave mistake" to intervene militarily in Ukraine and said it was considering $1 billion in U.S. loan guarantees and additional funding to help Kiev.

Yanukovich visited China in December in the hope of winning much-needed financial aid, but China did not say it would provide any loans. Yanukovich said deals signed with China may bring Ukraine about $8 billion in investment.

State news agency Xinhua said in December that Western powers should stop meddling in Ukraine's affairs and manipulating the "opinions of the people" about a trade pact with the European Union, just days after Yanukovich's visit to China.

(Reporting by Sui-Lee Wee; Editing by Michael Perry)

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Comments (3)
yellowjap wrote:
Until anti-Japan riot in China, and before Xi. I never expect there was anybody left using word west-east after Putin denied USSR and China adopt market economy.
So, what is his west? That’s the question I have to read. Because only east-west involved orient happened before was Khan’s ride destroy Eastern Roman Empire. No, it’s too big. But they move their fund to London.
It’s too difficult, because original cultured land and food production land was land under horse rider’s emperor from north more than 2/3 in history of that land. There is so many meaning in west when they call themselves east. At least Japan is never west to them only when Japan was modernized by adopting west and allied with US and NATO as carrier never sunk to shield Stalin’s empire in east.
These history are too difficult for us. We better keep focusing building future and share good future. We live in land of natural disasters, religion and politics never won. We are much simple, fight together to build otherwise dead. World outside here is much safe, we better leave politics outside, and keep working to overcome next disaster, they come much often than before.

Feb 26, 2014 11:58pm EST  --  Report as abuse
xcasvasdfasd wrote:
china is corrupt and worse than russia

Feb 27, 2014 12:13am EST  --  Report as abuse
Tiu wrote:
It’s the Bliar/Bush operatives such as Catherine Ashton who are intentionally trying to cause conflict.

Feb 27, 2014 3:04am EST  --  Report as abuse
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