Beijing’s foreign ministry said Friday that Chinese President Xi Jinping will go to Russia the following week. This will be his first trip to Moscow in over four years. President Xi Jinping will go to Russia from March 20 to 22, at the request of Russian Federation President Vladimir Putin, the ministry announced.
Although Putin attended the Winter Olympics opening ceremony in Beijing last year. And the two leaders also had a meeting at a regional security conference in Uzbekistan in September. The previous visit of Jinping to Russia was in 2019. The two will discuss “strategic collaboration,” the Kremlin said almost simultaneously.
According to the Kremlin, the two leaders “will discuss expanding the comprehensive relationship and strategic collaboration between Russia and China,” including in the global arena. “Important bilateral documents will be signed,” it said. The visit will take place barely over a year after Moscow invaded nearby Ukraine.
Efforts of President of China Xi Jinping
China has attempted to present itself as a neutral party on the issue. But some Western officials have criticized this effort as lacking credibility and giving Moscow covert assistance. China advocated for discussion and respect for the territorial sovereignty of all nations in a 12-point position statement on the conflict that was issued last month.
Both China and Russia are strategic friends and constantly promote their so-called “no boundaries” alliance. When questioned about the rumored contact with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky during a normal news briefing on Friday. Beijing’s foreign ministry declined to acknowledge it.
On Thursday, China’s foreign minister encouraged Moscow and Kyiv to resume peace negotiations “as soon as possible.” And Kyiv said the call also emphasized the significance of Ukraine’s territorial integrity.
During a phone discussion with his Ukrainian colleague Dmytro Kuleba, Chinese Foreign Minister Qin Gang expressed Beijing’s “hope that all sides would maintain composure, show patience, begin peace negotiations as soon as possible, and return to the road of a political solution.
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