For waging war against Ukraine, many Western countries, including the United States, have imposed severe economic sanctions on Russia. China has been a staunch supporter of Russia throughout this conflict and has not objected to the attack on Ukraine, but the fact remains that China is profiting from the conflict.
China had already begun to exploit the Russo-Ukraine conflict when it became aware of it. Even after the war began, it has used not only Russia, but also Ukraine for this, and is supplying both countries with drones.
After all, how did China exploit not only Russia but also Ukraine? What is his strategy for dealing with Russia and Ukraine? What are the advantages of China’s partnership with Russia?
Did China sell drones to Ukraine and Russia?
On the one hand, China claims to be a Russian ally in the fight against Ukraine, while on the other hand, it is supplying drones to Ukraine to fight Russia for its own benefit. China has a defence agreement with Ukraine in addition to its friendship with Russia. Ukraine has also claimed that the Chinese firm sold the same drone to Russia.
According to reports, Ukraine has used a drone made by the Chinese company DJI in its fight against Russia.
Ukraine has purchased 2372 quadcopters and 11 military unmanned aerial vehicle drones from Chinese company DJI for about Rs 513 billion, according to Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister Mykhailo Federov.
DJI, a Chinese drone manufacturer, has denied that its drones were used in the Ukraine conflict, claiming that its drones are not designed for military use and that it only manufactures civilian drones.
Ukraine, on the other hand, recently claimed that the Russian military is using a drone made by the Chinese company DJI to navigate Ukraine’s missile.
Ukraine has urged China to prohibit the use of Russian drones immediately. However, even if Russia has these drones, the Chinese company claims it lacks the technology to deactivate them.
Russia had signed an agreement to buy wheat, gas, and coal even before the war.
China realised this even before the 24 February start of the Ukraine war. As a result, in early February, the restrictions on wheat imports from Russia were lifted, and a deal was struck to buy more wheat from Russia, as well as a large gas purchase.
China signed agreements related to wheat, gas, and coal during Russian President Vladimir Putin’s visit to China in early February this year.
Buying large quantities of wheat from Russia, the world’s largest wheat producer, will help China secure its grain supply at a time when global grain prices are at 10-year highs.
China had previously banned wheat imports from Russia due to concerns about the presence of dwarf bunt fungus in Russian wheat.
In 2021, China imported only 12,227 metric tonnes of wheat from Russia, which is a small portion of Russia’s total wheat exports of 26 million metric tonnes during this time period.
Prior to the war, China had also agreed to buy 10 billion cubic metres of gas from Russia under the Energy Cooperation Agreement.
During Putin’s visit, China signed a new agreement to buy gas from Russia through a new pipeline worth $ 117 billion (roughly Rs 8.89 lakh crore).
Gazprom, the monopoly in Russian gas exports via pipelines, has agreed to give CNPC, China’s largest energy company, 10 billion cubic metres per year under this agreement.
By 2025, Russia plans to supply 38 billion cubic metres of gas to China through pipelines, up from 16.5 billion cubic metres in 2021.
China had also signed a $ 20 billion (roughly Rs 15,200 crore) coal purchase agreement with Russia just weeks before the Ukraine war.