White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki Offers Rebuttal to Xi & Putin’s New Alliance.

The White House press secretary Jen Psaki responded weakly to the joint statement released by Beijing and Moscow on Friday. On the sidelines of the Beijing Olympics on Friday, Russian President Vladimir Putin met with Chinese President Xi Jinping, and the two issued a joint statement. The lengthy statement, which does not mention the United States, mentions a small group of international actors who “advocate unilateral approaches,” “interfere in the domestic affairs of other states,” and “hampering the development and progress of mankind.” In the statement, China supports Russia in opposing “further NATO expansion” and urges NATO to “abandon its ideologized cold war tactics.” It also expressed Russia’s hostility towards Taiwan becoming independent. The announcement comes as Russia amasses tens of thousands of troops around its Ukrainian border and days after Chinese warplanes put restrictions on Taiwanese airspace. As a response to…

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