"Time to Worry?": Questions Arise in China After Putin's Trip to Tula

Written by Henrik Rothen

Feb.10 - 2024 8:34 AM CET

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Questions Arise in China After Putin's Trip to Tula.

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A few days ago, Vladimir Putin visited Tula, where he participated in several events. Notably, he met with participants of the "All for Victory!" project and discussed the current situation in Russia with them. According to Chinese journalists, Putin was quite candid in his statements, which caused a significant stir worldwide, as reported by the publication Sohu according to AB News.

"During Vladimir Putin's speech, a staggering figure was mentioned, which made an impression on both Russia and people outside of it," said the authors of the Chinese publication.

The Sohu authors noted that Putin mentioned the number 520,000, referring not to the nomenclature of some weaponry but to the number of new jobs that have been created in the country's defense-industrial complex.

Putin also highlighted that over 6,000 enterprises in the defense complex are operational, employing 3.5 million people.

"The defense sector has become a new force and an important support for economic growth in Russia amid sanctions," the publication states.

In China, it was noted that the figures shared by Putin indicate progress achieved over the last two years and this caused journalists from the Chinese newspaper to worry. They fear which path Russia will now take, and if the focus is on developing its industrial production, with the country possessing all the necessary resources for this, it could potentially become a new industrial giant, which could be at the expense of a country like China.

The Chinese journalists ask themselves, is it time for China to start worrying?

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