Satire: Pooh bear siding with the Russian bear

Earlier this month, China’s president Xi Jinping sided with Russia in deeming a further expansion of NATO membership countries as unacceptable. The bear alliance of convenience is depicted in this week’s Kinamedia satire by cartoonist Niklas “@Kludd-Niklas” Eriksson.

Xi’s comments were made during a meeting with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin on the eve of the opening ceremony of the Beijing Olympics. Simultaneously, agreements of Russian oil and gas exports worth well over US$100 billion was signed.

And as the Russian attack on Ukraine has unravelled, Beijing condemns any international sanctions against Moscow, also abstaining its vote in the United Nations security council on a resolution deploring the Russian attack on Ukraine.

On the one hand, Beijing publicly calls for negotiations and a peaceful resolution of the ongoing war, avoiding to clearly pick sides in the ongoing conflict.

On the other hand, China is effectively offering Russia a political and economical lifeline, as we could clearly see during today’s press conference in Beijing:

This week’s cartoon can be viewed in full size via this link.

A full collection of Kludd-Niklas’ works for Kinamedia can be seen here.