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Putin Lauds Partnership with China As The Russian President Visits Beijing

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Chinese President Xi Jinping promised to cooperate with Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin to “rejuvenate” both nations, stating that China would “always be a good partner” of Russia, as the two began a day of discussions in Beijing, according to Chinese state media.

Putin arrived on Thursday for a two-day state visit that will involve in-depth discussions with Xi, his most potent political ally and fellow geopolitical competitor of the United States, on trade, energy, Asia, Ukraine, and other topics.

“The China-Russia relationship today is hard-earned, and the two sides need to cherish and nurture it,” Xi told Putin as they met in Beijing’s Great Hall of the People.

“China is willing to … jointly achieve the development and rejuvenation of our respective countries, and work together to uphold fairness and justice in the world.”

When Putin visited Beijing in February 2022, a few days before he dispatched tens of thousands of troops into Ukraine, sparking the worst land conflict in Europe since World conflict Two, the two countries announced a “no limits” cooperation.

Putin is highlighting his goals and the depth of his personal relationship with Xi to the world by choosing China for his first overseas trip since taking office this month and extending his time in office until at least 2030. Putin informed Xi that their cooperation was an element of stability. According to Putin, “it is of crucial significance that relations between Russia and China are not opportunistic and are not directed against anyone,” as reported by Russia’s RIA Novosti news agency.

Putin afterwards described their first meeting as “warm and comradely” and listed the areas in which the two are fortifying their relations, ranging from food supply and Chinese auto production in Russia to nuclear and energy cooperation. With Xi stating that both sides agreed that a political conclusion to the Ukraine problem was the “right direction,” the leaders formally signed a declaration strengthening their strategic ppartnership.

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