Chinese journalist Hu Xijin, the Editor in Chief of the Chinese state-run newspaper The Global Times, said in a video that was uploaded to The Global Times YouTube channel on December 8, 2021, ahead of the virtual meeting between U.S. President Joe Biden and Russian President Vladimir Putin, that the U.S. is to blame for its tensions with Russia over Ukraine. He said that the U.S. treated post-Soviet Russia the same as it treated the USSR, and criticized America for backing it into a corner, for "threatening" it with NATO's eastward expansion, and for encouraging former Soviet states to oppose Russia. Hu said that the U.S. is "unreasonable" and "ruthless," and that it is natural for Russia to resist it. In addition, Hu said that the USSR had been the only country that "naively" believed that by making concessions, it could become friendly with America and the West, and he said that China will not make the same mistake that the USSR did in this regard.
Hu Xijin: "Joe Biden and Vladimir Putin held a video meeting on Tuesday. The U.S. gave warnings to Russia before and after the meeting. The U.S. and the West have completely different attitudes from Russia, regarding whether Russia is preparing to attack Ukraine and how to define the nature of the highly tense situation in Ukraine.
"In my opinion, the U.S. is mainly to blame for the wide gap in these positions. When the Soviet Union collapsed, the U.S. should have taken care of the interest of Russia, the main successor of the Soviet Union. But Washington's approach was to treat Russia as another Soviet Union, threaten it with NATO's eastward expansion and encourage former Soviet states to oppose Russia. They have pushed Russia into a corner, Russia's resistance was inevitable, and Putin's domestic support cannot be shaken.
"The U.S. is both unreasonable and ruthless. However, the Soviet Union was the only country to naively believe that concession or even self-harm can be exchanged for friendly acceptance by the U.S. and the West. Russia will never repeat the Soviet Union's mistake of being a fool. China sees all this in the eyes and we will not be a second Soviet Union."