Chinese language President Xi Jinping will go to Russia subsequent week, Beijing’s overseas ministry mentioned Friday, his first journey to Moscow in practically 4 years.
“On the invitation of President Vladimir Putin of the Russian Federation, President Xi Jinping pays a state go to to Russia from March 20 to 22,” the ministry mentioned in an announcement.
Xi final visited Russia in 2019, although Putin attended the opening ceremony of the Winter Olympics in Beijing final 12 months and the 2 leaders additionally met at a regional safety gathering in Uzbekistan in September.
The pair will discuss “strategic cooperation”, based on a near-simultaneous assertion from the Kremlin.
The 2 leaders “will focus on deepening the exhaustive partnership and strategic cooperation between Russia and China”, together with on the worldwide stage, the Kremlin mentioned, including, “vital bilateral paperwork will probably be signed”.
The go to will come simply over a 12 months into Moscow’s invasion of neighbouring Ukraine.
China has sought to painting itself as a impartial social gathering within the battle, however its place has been criticised by some Western leaders as missing credibility and offering tacit assist for Moscow.
In a 12-point place paper on the battle revealed final month, China known as for dialogue and respect for all international locations’ territorial sovereignty.
China and Russia are additionally strategic allies, with each side incessantly touting what they name a “no limits” partnership.
Beijing’s overseas ministry didn’t verify whether or not Xi additionally deliberate to carry a rumoured name with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky when requested at a routine press convention on Friday.
China’s overseas minister on Thursday urged Kyiv and Moscow to restart peace talks “as quickly as attainable”, whereas Kyiv mentioned the decision additionally raised the significance of Ukraine’s territorial integrity.
Beijing “hopes that each one events will preserve calm, train restraint, resume peace talks as quickly as attainable and return to the monitor of political settlement”, Chinese language International Minister Qin Gang advised his Ukrainian counterpart Dmytro Kuleba in a telephone name.
(Apart from the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV employees and is revealed from a syndicated feed.)