LIGNET's Fleitz: Russia-China Alliance Motivated By Opposition to US

Thursday, 15 May 2014 03:34 PM

By Courtney Coren

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The budding alliance between Russia and China is motivated by one source — their opposition to the United States, says the Chief LIGNET analyst Fred Fleitz.

"Russia and China have a common concern and that is the United States," Fleitz told J.D. Hayworth on "America's Forum" on Newsmax TV.

"Both of them are concerned about the U.S. intervening in their sphere of influence," Fleitz explained. "They both don't like what is going on in Ukraine because they're concerned that the U.S. and the European Union are pushing for intervention in Ukraine."

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Russian President Vladimir Putin is set to visit Beijing next week to finalize a 30-year deal to build a natural gas pipeline from Russia to China.

Russia is also looking to China to invest in its infrastructure, real estate and other natural resources, in what will be called the Russia-China Investment Fund, Forbes reports.

"They're cooperating here, but the real reason is because they have a common interest and that is opposing the United States," he added.

Fleitz says that even though Russia and China are forming this alliance, "there are still major differences" between the two countries.

"Economic and political differences, differences over energy, differences over Siberia, China eyeing possibly taking part of Siberia in the distant future," he explained.

Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin announced on Tuesday that Russia plans to ban the United States from using the International Space Station after 2020, and he is also asking for limitations on what the rocket engines Russia sells to the United States can be used for.

Lawmakers have already made moves to limit the U.S.'s reliance on Russia for its rocket engines.

The chief LIGNET analyst said that Russia will likely not move "to strike an alliance with China" over space technology because "Chinese technology is so far behind the United States."

Fleitz also contends that "US-Russia relations will improve and Russia's going to start selling rocket engines to us again and end this threat of not providing space lift to the Space Station."

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