Xi Jinping Calls for Peace in Ukraine as Putin Visits China for Trade Talks; Putin Surprisingly Agrees

By Thea Felicity

May 16, 2024 10:46 AM EDT

Russia's Vladimir Putin Visits China's Xi Jinping to Strengthen Economic, Political Ties Amid US Global Dominance
Russia's President Vladimir Putin landed in Beijing on Thursday for a two-day state visit that will include talks with China's President Xi Jinping to deepen the strategic partnership between the two countries perceived as enemies of the US.
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China has reiterated its call for a political resolution to the Ukraine war as President Xi Jinping hosted Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday, May 17, according to South China Morning Post

Marking Putin's first international trip of his new term, the two leaders convened at the prestigious Great Hall of the People, a symbolic venue that underscored the gravity of their discussions. Here, Xi Jinping emphasized the imperative of a political solution, setting the stage for a significant diplomatic exchange. 

Surprisingly, Putin agreed to Xi's resolution that a political settlement must first be reached to solve the Ukraine crisis. The Chinese leader stated that any agreement must respect the security and sovereignty of all parties involved.

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Russia-China Ties

According to VCPost, the agenda of the meeting did not just underline the resilience of the Sino-Russian relationship, which Xi described as having withstood international "storms and changes." 

It's also a way to strengthen the two countries' economic ties. The partnership between China and Russia has become increasingly important, with economic trade hitting a record $240 billion in 2023 alone.

In his address, Xi Jinping lauded the partnership as a beacon of mutual respect and cooperation, mirroring the values he championed in resolving the Ukraine conflict. This emphasis on shared values and cooperation fosters a sense of optimism about the future of the Sino-Russian relationship.

By reiterating its call for a peaceful resolution to the conflict, China is demonstrating its commitment to international affairs. Experts believe this move is part of China's ongoing efforts to restore its reputation and influence, particularly after its dispute with the Philippines over the West Philippine Sea.

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