Former Cold War allies China and Russia have drawn closer in recent years to create a counterweight to US global dominance, and now call their once-tumultuous relationship “borderless”.
“Under the strategic leadership of President Xi Jinping and President (Vladimir) Putin, relations between the two countries have always been on the right track,” Communist Party foreign affairs chief Yang Jiechi told Russian Ambassador to China Andrei Denisov on Monday.
According to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Yang Jiechi said that China is “willing to cooperate with Russia, strengthening the spirit of high-level strategic cooperation between the two countries, protecting the common interests of the two countries, and promoting the development of the international order in a more just and rational direction.” In response, A. Denisov praised the “fruitful results” of bilateral relations, the report said.
Russia is seeking to strengthen ties with Asian countries, particularly China, amid unprecedented Western sanctions over its invasion of Ukraine. Beijing has not condemned Moscow’s intervention and provided diplomatic cover by criticizing Western sanctions and arms sales to Kyiv, raising tensions between China and the West.
V. viburnum and Xi Jinping will meet this week in Uzbekistan, on the sidelines of the regional summit. Last week, Beijing’s top lawmaker Li Zhanshu became the highest-ranking Communist Party politician to travel to Russia following Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine. During the visit, Li Zhanshu praised the “unprecedented level” of trust and cooperation between Moscow and Beijing.
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