Hours after a new large-scale Russian bombing of Ukraine, its president, Russian President Vladimir PutinOn Friday, he presented his alliance with his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping, in a video conference, as is customary between them at the end of the year. In the first minutes of their virtual meeting, which was broadcast on Russian television and picked up by international agencies, Putin not only boasted of his good bilateral relations, but also invited Xi to visit Moscow in the spring.
“We are waiting for you, Mr. President. Dear friend, we are waiting for you next spring for a state visit to Moscow,” Putin declared publicly, to whom “this trip will show the world the closeness of relations between Russia and China.” According to Reuters, the Russian president emphasized that these “are the best in history and withstand all tests.” In full confrontation with the West over the invasion of Ukraine, and with Russia condemned by the international community as we saw at the recent G20 summit in Bali, Putin reminded Xi Jinping that “we share the same views on the causes, course and logic of the current transformation of the global geopolitical scenario.”
Putin reminded Xi Jinping that “we share the same views on the causes, course and logic of the current transformation of the global geopolitical scenario.”
In a response much shorter than Putin’s lengthy introduction, Xi replied that “in the changing and turbulent international arena, it is important for China and Russia to remain true to the original aspiration of their cooperation, maintain strategic focus, enhance coordination between them and pursue opportunities for mutual development and be global partners, which returns For the benefit of the peoples of the two countries and in a way that serves stability in the world.
At the end of the summary of the talk released by the Chinese Foreign Ministry, a three-sentence paragraph refers to the “Ukrainian crisis,” as Beijing has defined it to avoid the word “war.” Although it is very short, it is the most interesting and interesting part. Xi Jinping promised Putin “to continue to work to build synergy in the international community and play a constructive role for the peaceful resolution of the Ukrainian crisis.” In his opinion, “The road to peace will not be easy, but as long as the two sides do not give up, there will always be the possibility of peace.”
According to the statement, Xi stressed that “the world has now reached another historic crossroads.” As usual in the system messages launched the Chinese president A veiled warning to America By claiming to “reverse the Cold War mentality and confrontation between the blocs,” he also warned that “containment and repression are unpopular and sanctions and intervention are doomed to failure.” Emphasizing his alliance with Putin, Xi insisted, “China stands ready to join Russia and the world’s progressive forces that oppose hegemony and power politics, reject all unilateralism, protectionism and harassment, firmly protect the sovereignty, security and interests of the two countries and defend international justice.”
For his part, Putin stressed that “we aspire to strengthen cooperation between the Russian and Chinese armed forces,” but Beijing’s statement ignores that part to avoid problems with the West over the sanctions imposed on Moscow. Seeking to project an image of unity with Xi to quell his international isolation, Putin backed China’s claim to the independent democratic island of Taiwan, and praised their joint efforts to counter “unprecedented pressure and provocations from the West.”
Before Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, when the two met at the opening of the Winter Olympics in Beijing, Xi Jinping celebrated his “unlimited friendship” with Russia, in apparent ideological opposition to the democracies of the West. But the Kremlin’s military failure, which exposed the supposed strength of the Russian army and exposed its serious problems and failures, weakened Putin, marginalized Moscow, and fractured his alliance with China due to the war’s global impact. In their last personal meeting, during the Shanghai Security Organization summit in Uzbekistan in September, Putin acknowledged Beijing’s “questions and concerns” about the war.
Since its outbreak ten months ago, the Chinese regime has tacitly supported Moscow, blaming the United States and NATO for the situation in their apparent conflict with the West. But Xi Jinping may have to moderate his alliance with Putin as he tries to return to the international stage after spending nearly three years cooped up in his country because of the pandemic. Although Xi did not go to extremes of the Indian Prime Minister narendra modi, Who shouted to Putin in Samarkand that “this is not the time for war”, during the G-20 summit he met all the Western leaders who seek his mediation with Russia to achieve peace. Of all those meetings, the longest and most anticipated was the one he had with the President of the United States, Joe Biden. In their first in-person meeting since his arrival in the White House in January 2021, the two leaders gave a truce to their troubled bilateral relations, but swords remain high over the “microchip war” and the Chinese threat over Taiwan.
After perpetuating himself in power during the XX Communist Party Congress in October, Xi Jinping’s position has also been weakened by historic protests in China against Covid-zero restrictions, which have even called for his resignation and questioned his authoritarian regime. In the midst of an explosion of infections in his country, and with the international community once again fearing an epidemic due to the reopening of borders, Xi is also unconcerned with such a turbulent international scene affecting his body’s recovery. Hardly hit by these three years of closures and foreclosure.
– Demonstration of unity between the two countries or China’s attempt to defuse the conflict, The result of this virtual summit With Putin, it will be seen in the coming weeks whether missiles and drones will continue to over Ukraine, and if Xi Jinping will travel to Moscow in the spring with a peace proposal under his arm.