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Friendship in Beijing
Artem LukinAssociate Professor, Department of International Relations, Eastern Institute - School of Regional and International Studies, FEFU, PhD in Political Science
There was a television in the establishment, on which the news program of the Chinese Central Television - CCTV was shown. The program opened with a long story about the talks between Chinese President Xi Jinping and US President Barack Obama, which had just ended on that day (November 12) in Beijing. I don't speak Chinese, but the picture was clear even without words. Comrade Xi shone with hospitality like a business, and Obama smiled in return. The negotiations, as I later found out from the reports of the Russian and English-language media, seemed to have been very successful, and the parties managed to conclude several agreements (on limiting greenhouse gas emissions, easing the visa regime, as well as two memorandums on confidence-building measures in the military sphere - on mutual information on the conduct of major exercises and the prevention of incidents at sea and in the air).
The news of the Chinese central television left a persistent sense of cognitive dissonance. What to believe - the mutual smiles of C and Obama or the fighter J-31? Zbigniew Brzezinski, in a recent interview, once again called for a strategic alliance between China and the United States. But something tells me: the friendship between Beijing and Washington will be very peculiar.