The Chinese President XI Jinping has arrived in Moscow for a three-day trip for talks with Vladimir Putin in a show of support for the Russian leader.
The war in Ukraine has been raging for almost 13 months and Beijing and Jinping have refused to condemn the conflict and declared that there are “no-limits” to their friendship with Russia.
NATO, the US and the West have all been accused of provoking Russia in starting the war in Ukraine and China has said that the sovereignty and territorial integrity of all countries should be respected and then hit out at the sanctions imposed.
The Kremlin said in a statement that the two communist leaders will discuss “issues of further development of comprehensive partnership and strategic interaction between Russia and China.”
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They will both exchange views “in the context of deepening Russian-Chinese cooperation in the international arena,” and Putin and Jinping will sign “important bilateral documents.”
Last week the Chinese Foreign Minister Qin Gang told his Ukrainian counterpart Dmytro Kuleba they are concerned the conflict could spin out of control.
Qin said that Beijing have “always upheld an objective and fair stance on the Ukraine issue, has committed itself to promoting peace and advancing negotiations and calls on the international community to create conditions for peace talks.”
Kuleba tweeted in response that he and Qin “discussed the significance of the principle of territorial integrity.”
He added, “I underscored the importance of (Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy’s)’s peace formula for ending the aggression and restoring just peace in Ukraine.”
Wang Wenbin, spokesperson of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, said in a daily briefing on Friday that Jinping, “will have an in-depth exchange of views with President Putin on bilateral relations and major international and regional issues of common concern, promote strategic cooperation and practical cooperation between the two countries, and inject new impetus into the development of bilateral relations.”
Wenbin added, “Currently, the world is entering a new period of turbulences and reform with the accelerated evolution of changes of the century.
“As permanent members of the UN Security Council and important major countries, the significance and impact of the China-Russia relations go far beyond the bilateral sphere.”