Xi’s visit comes amidst escalating East-West tensions over the ongoing 13 month old war in Ukraine and was the most recent indication of Beijing’s reinvigorated diplomatic goals.
As a ratification of Russian annexation the US declared on Friday that it will oppose any attempt by China to establish truce in Ukraine at the meeting reported the Associated press.
John Kirby a spokesperson for the White House National Security Council, urged Xi Jinping to get in touch with Volodymyr Zelenskyy to learn about his nation’s perspective on the conflict and steer clear of any “one sided “proposals.
By refusing to denounce Moscow’s aggressiveness and announcing a no limit friendship with Russia last year,China has attempted to portray itself as impartial in the war.
Beijing has criticized western sanctions imposed on Moscow and claimed that NATO and the United States were responsible for inciting Putin to use force.
Xi and Putin are meeting for the first time this year
Xi’s visit would be his first meeting with Putin since September last year when they met on sidelines of regional summit in Uzbekistan.
Prior to that Putin attended the opening of the 2022 Beijing winter games and met Xi briefly before launching an attack on Ukraine.
Chinese foreign minister spokes person Wag Wenbin said during an interview that Xi and Putin will talk about “bilateral relations and major international and regional issues of common concern “ “Currently the world is entering a new period of turbulence and reform with the accelerated evolution of changes of the century he added.
“ …As permanent members of the UN Security Council and important major countries the significance and impact of the China-Russia relations go far berthed bilateral sphere,” he continued.
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