(DailyVantage.com) – Chinese President Xi Jinping met with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow on Monday, March 20, where the two leaders declared a new era of cooperation between their countries.
In a statement released ahead of the meeting, President Xi said that both countries had “cemented” mutual trust in one another, before calling out “damaging acts of hegemony, domination and bullying” in the world today. Xi also spoke of the growing trend of multi-polarity, which he described as “irreversible.”
On the topic of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, Xi described it as a complicated topic and expressed support for the conflict to be resolved peacefully through diplomacy.
In his own statement, Putin quoted the Chinese philosopher Confucius and praised the “firm friendship” between Russia and China, which he claimed was growing stronger than ever. Putin went on to accuse the West of fuelling the war in Ukraine in an attempt to maintain its own unipolar order.
After Xi’s plane landed in Moscow on Monday, he could be seen walking down a red carpet before being greeted by a Russian military band and Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Chernyshenko.
Shortly after, during his meeting at the Kremlin, Xi called Putin a “dear friend” and said he was very pleased to be back in Moscow after his recent reelection to a third term as chairman of the Chinese Communist Party. Xi praised Putin’s “strong leadership” and expressed his confidence that Putin would receive widespread support during the 2024 Russian presidential election.
Putin, in turn, said the Kremlin had looked closely at China’s Russia-Ukraine peace proposals and reassured Xi that he was open to negotiations with Kiev.
In response to the meeting, White House National Security Council Coordinator John Kirby shot down the idea of the ceasefire between Russia and Ukraine, arguing that it would only serve to benefit Moscow and give Russia more time to plan further offensives. Kirby also called on Xi to meet with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy so that he could hear Ukraine’s own point of view on the war.
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