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Xi Jinping, Putin Strengthen China-Russia Ties in Beijing Talks

Putin has lauded Xi Jinping for fostering a “strategic partnership” and expressed intent to enhance collaboration across various sectors.

FILE PHOTO: Russian President Vladimir Putin shakes hands with Chinese President Xi Jinping during a meeting at the Belt and Road Forum in Beijing, China, October 18, 2023. Sputnik/Sergei Guneev/Pool via REUTERS/File Photo

Chinese President Xi Jinping and Russian President Vladimir Putin have convened in Beijing to fortify their nations’ alliance, pledging to revitalise their countries in the face of global challenges.

The talks, spanning a day, kicked off with a commitment from both leaders to strengthen ties between their nations, with China affirming its unwavering support for Russia.

According to reports from Chinese state media, President Xi assured Putin of China’s steadfast commitment to being a reliable ally to Russia, emphasising the importance of cherishing and nurturing their hard-earned relationship.

The discussions, held at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, covered a wide range of topics including Ukraine, Asia, energy, and trade.

The meeting holds particular significance against the backdrop of the ongoing conflict in Ukraine. Putin’s visit to China comes amidst escalating tensions with the West, signaling his prioritisation of strategic alliances and highlighting the depth of his bond with Xi, who is seen as his most influential political ally.

Both leaders underscored the stabilising role of their cooperation, emphasizing that their partnership is not directed against any other nation. Putin, speaking to Xi, stressed the significance of their relationship as a counterbalance to global dynamics.

Prior to the meeting, Putin lauded Xi for his role in fostering a “strategic partnership” between their countries, built on mutual interests and trust. The Russian president expressed his intent to enhance collaboration in various sectors including industry, technology, space, and energy.

Informal discussions over tea and dinner between the leaders and senior officials from both sides are expected to be crucial in shaping the agenda of the two-day visit. Topics on the table include not only geopolitical issues but also economic cooperation and cultural ties.

The visit coincides with the 75th anniversary of the Soviet Union’s recognition of the People’s Republic of China, marking a significant milestone in the historical ties between the two nations. The event has captured widespread attention on Chinese social media platforms, reflecting the significance of the China-Russia relationship.

Despite tensions with the West, particularly over Russia’s actions in Ukraine, China has emerged as a key partner for Moscow, providing crucial support amidst international sanctions. The strengthening of ties between China and Russia poses challenges to the United States, which views both countries as significant competitors on the global stage.

Putin’s visit to China follows recent diplomatic engagements, including a visit by U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken, underscoring the complex dynamics of international relations in the current geopolitical landscape.

As both leaders reaffirm their commitment to cooperation and mutual support, their meeting in Beijing serves as a testament to the enduring strength of the China-Russia partnership in an ever-changing world.

Chioma Kalu

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