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China never believed in economic sanctions as a way to solve problems, so it will be very wary of participating in any sort of sanction action against Russia over Ukrainian crisis, George Koo, founder of International Strategic Alliances, told RT.

                                  RT: China opposes sanctions against Russia  over Ukraine. Why do you think China is taking this  position?

  George Koo: I think it is a very consistent  long-standing policy. They do not believe in confrontational  sanctions as a way for international diplomacy. They think  discussion and negotiation is the way to go. They have a  fundamental principle which is opposed to sanctions of any kind.


  In the case of the Russia-Ukraine situation it actually looks a  bit more complicated because China also has a very long-standing  policy on non-interference in others' domestic affairs. So now it  becomes a situation when whether Russia is interfering within  Ukraine domestic affairs, or Russia and Ukraine are dealing with  a domestic affair which others, Western powers for example,  should not be interfering. This part is a little bit complicated,  but fundamentally China never believed in economic sanctions of  any kind as a way to solve problems.


  RT: Do you think this stance will in any way  influence Washington's decision on further punitive measures  against Russia?

  GK: I doubt very much. I think China does not  have the whole lot of influence on the diplomacy as practiced by  Washington, and there is a lot of distrust and weariness from  both parts. So it is not like a semi-partnership that will solve  international problems, at least not at this point. It has  reached the point where the two can come together and discuss and  find a common solution. That has not happened before and it does  not seem that in the case of Ukraine-Crimea situation it will  happen.


  RT: Are we seeing a new Russia-China  alliance emerging, and could this have an impact on the global  power balance?

  GK: The global balance of power has very much  been a Western concept, a Western idea, and in a certain way it  was very much enforced during the Cold War. The Soviet Union, the  Eastern Bloc versus the Western powers, the NATO nations. China  has never been a part of these kinds of alliances one way or the  other, I do not thing they are comfortable taking sides in this  kind of situation. They wanted to get along certainly with the US  to the extent possible, they are mindful of economic and other  partnerships that they have with Russia, and I do not think they  relish to be in the middle of this kind of confrontation.


  RT: If tougher sanctions are imposed against  Russia could China gain from this, by seeing stronger trade ties  with Russia?

  GK: Certainly, potentially, although China and  Russia really have very strong economic cooperation in many  areas. Energy is certainly one of them. In China’s scheme of  things economic issues trump all other issues, and that is the  way they have been in their practice around the world. So will  the sanctions force Russia into the arms of China even more so? I  do not know. It is hard to say.


  RT:When it comes to the crisis in Ukraine  itself, where does China stand?

  GK: Initially they were very hesitant because  there are conflicting issues here. One is supposedly Crimea,  which was a part of the Ukraine territory, so from that point of  view I think they are hesitant because it seems like Russia was  interfering within domestic affairs. On the other hand everybody  knows that Ukraine has been very much part of Russian  civilization. And one can argue that this is a sort of internal  squabble among cousins or even among brothers. From that point of  view China will be very leery of participating in any sort of  sanction action.

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