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China’s Xi to Visit Putin in Moscow Amid Deepening Military and Trade Ties

China’s Xi to Visit Putin in Moscow Amid Deepening Military and Trade Ties

“Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chinese leader President Xi Jinping will sign accords ushering in a “new era” of ties in Moscow next week.”

Nearly a week after securing a third term as China’s president, Xi Jinping will be traveling to Moscow next week to hold talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

The Chinese leader will be meeting his Russian counterpart as Moscow’s relations with the West deteriorate further after the Netherlands-based International Criminal Court (ICC) issued an arrest warrant against President Putin over alleged war crimes and a Russian fighter jet downing a U.S. drone over the Black Sea.

Highlighting the significance of the meeting, the Associated Press noted that the “visit to Russia will be Xi’s first foreign trip since being elected to an unprecedented third term as China’s president.”

The visit will cement the emerging the China-Russia axis since Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine more than a year ago. “The meeting in Moscow is likely to see the two sides recommit to their partnership, which both see as critical to countering what they consider undue and undeserved influence exerted by the U.S. and its Western allies,” the news agency added.

According to Russian sources, Xi’s visit will take the bilateral ties into a “new era,” with both sides signing several agreements. “The Kremlin said they would discuss a “comprehensive partnership and strategic co-operation,” the BBC reported.

The French news agency AFP reported the Chinese leader’s upcoming visit:

Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chinese leader President Xi Jinping will sign accords ushering in a “new era” of ties in Moscow next week, the Kremlin said Friday.

Xi will be in Russia from Monday to Wednesday, Beijing and Moscow announced, for talks with his strategic ally just over a year into Russia’s military campaign in Ukraine.

Kremlin advisor Yuri Ushakov said Putin and Xi would sign a key declaration “on strengthening (the two countries’) comprehensive partnership and strategic relations entering a new era.”

China’s foreign ministry called Xi’s trip “a visit for peace” that aimed to “practice true multilateralism… improve global governance and make contributions to the development and progress of the world”.

The two leaders would exchange views on relations between their countries, and major international and regional issues, ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin told reporters.

China, Russia embark on “no-limits” partnership

Weeks ahead of the February 23, 2022 invasion of Ukraine, the Chinese leader offered a “no-limits” partnership to Putin. China also refused to recognize the U.S. and Western sanctions on Moscow, becoming Russia’s biggest oil importer and largest trading partner.

In 2022, China’s trade with Russia hit a record $190 billion. In the first two months of 2023, bilateral trade between the two grew at a double-digit pace. “China’s exports to Russia jumped 19.8% in the first two months, to a total of $15 billion, while it recorded shrinking demand from markets elsewhere. Imports from Russia soared by 31.3% to $18.65 billion,” Reuters reported earlier this month.

In recent years, China and Russia have deepened their defense cooperation and forged a de-facto military alliance aimed against the U.S. and its Western allies.


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So Mr. Smiley, fresh off a re election fight….is going to Moscow to visit his junior partner. All they need is Kim Jong fat boy along to carry the bags.

    As long as Fat Boy drops a ‘bag’ on DC, all will be forgiven.

      alaskabob in reply to | March 18, 2023 at 6:59 pm

      Adds a new twist to “surf’s up”

      And Trump should be along to shine Kim Jong fat boy’s shoes. Remember this quote from Trump about fat boy?

      “I learned he’s a very talented man. I also learned that he loves his country very much,” Trump said Tuesday when asked what he took away from meeting Kim. In a separate interview with ABC News, he said the North Korean people have a “great fervor” for Kim.

Russia and China
Iran and Saudi Arabia
Woke USA and weak effeminate EU
FJoe Biden and his(???) administration have done so well internationally.

Xi Jinping and the CCP have a long memory. Mao, on his first visit to Moscow, was stiff armed by the ever-jealous Stalin. Mao eventually got some material and financial help, but it was typical Russian shabby help.

The Eurasianist Russians are grinding teeth as they bend the knee and smile. One of LI’s contributors happens to be a Russian-Eurasianist (evraziiskii). I wonder how she feels about people in her (rossiiskii) “civilizational space” kowtowing to their new overlords.

Russian Eurasianism:
an ideology of empire
Marlene Laruelle

    Whitewall in reply to Tiki. | March 19, 2023 at 10:56 am

    Looks like an interesting book. One thing the Kremlin could is to free the Russian people from the security apparatus and let people create and produce. This would start the process of the Rus becoming a great nation and worthy of respect as she could be useful to the civilized world instead of a perpetually nuisance state. A lot of power and wealth would be lost by the Security/graft power center but that is the price.

Valdimir Valdimirovich is one very sharp cookie. I hope Xi Jinping is smart enough to check his pockets before he leaves Moscow.

Russia, China, N Korea, Iran.
Which will be the three to form seven heads from the east?

BierceAmbrose | March 18, 2023 at 9:08 pm

Well, CCP-China does have a lot of conscripts and slave labor to feed into the meat grinder on Russia’s Ukraine front. They also have increasing food shortages.

Seems like win-win: all good except for the gratuitous death, and active evil.

China and Russia along with India will continue to make a play for leadership of the ‘global south’ Nations. This is a bloc formed in opposition to the current EU and US economic hegemony over the global financial system. Saudi Arabia and Turkey are playing along and cutting deals with the rise of this alternative system.

There is a good deal of resentment in the world about the heavy hand of the West militarily but especially so in regard to the financial and economic hegemony. There is more than a whiff of mercantilism in the way that West does business and these Nations are tired of it.

Frankly the reasons for the resentment these Nations have is somewhat analogous to the way MAGA voters view DC and big corporations. They understand the game is rigged and are tired of the take it or leave it terms which only get altered in favor of the West.

    BierceAmbrose in reply to CommoChief. | March 19, 2023 at 6:30 pm

    “There is more than a whiff of mercantilism in the way that West does business and these Nations are tired of it.”

    I sometimes wonder how much of the “tension” with CCP-China is simply discomfort with them also getting into the mercantilist game.

    That doesn’t make them honest brokers, good deal partners, or even safe-ish to be around. It does suggest a nation-scale counter-strategy economically, militarily, and diplomatically, which our ossified overlord caste will find hard to grasp. Go for arrangements that also let other people win.

    They’re gonna have a hard time with that one. Not least, they would need to let more people outside the the club but in the country win, and support progress that arises unplanned, vs. allow only 0rogress into grifts they know how to capture.

    Astonishing, even so, how the world in general, and Western Europe in particular have been adapting to offically “unanticipated” situations as they unfold. NATO acting like a mutual-defense alliance against aggression from outside, for example. Who’d have thought that would ever happen?

      CommoChief in reply to BierceAmbrose. | March 20, 2023 at 6:00 pm

      Competition is hard. Especially for those who held the whip hand for decades. Big govt got cozy with big business as the globalist interventionist caste assumed power in the US. Great job Boomers! Then they gutted US manufacturing for cheap labor and no/low regulation cost Nations; Mexico, China among others.

      Oops the Chinese and other Nations can now eff up the economy by shutting down and not shipping their cheap crap to the US or by doing business with each other directly without the US financial system as an intermediary. Europe is even worse off than we are.

        BierceAmbrose in reply to CommoChief. | March 21, 2023 at 6:08 pm

        Competition is hard. Especially for those who held the whip hand for decades.

        Yeah. And do many came to think themselves brilliant and deserving, when they were just born in lucky spots. That so may progressive activist types are so “priveleged” yet rant so hard against “privelege” of the same kind, would be funny, if not so destructive.

Our enemy is not in Moscow. He’s in the white house.