Beijing.- The Chinese presidents, Xi Jinping, and Russian, Vladimir Putin, will meet in person this Friday in Beijing for the first time in two years to inaugurate, according to the state media of the Asian country, “a new scenario” in the bilateral relationship; all this while the world is experiencing tension due to the conflict in Russia and U.S related to Ukraine.
The Russian president arrives in the Chinese capital today in time to attend the opening ceremony of the Winter Olympics, but the meeting with his host is expected to take place before the sporting event, scheduled for 8:00 p.m. local time (12 :00 GMT).
The Chinese and Russian foreign ministers, Wang Yi and Sergei Lavrov, respectively, met the day before in Beijing to prepare for the presidential summit, in which the growing hostilities with the United States, the crisis surrounding Ukraine and the tensions at the expense of Taiwan, whose sovereignty China claims.
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Xi and Putin “will talk about the cold war waged by the US and its allies against China and Russia. On both fronts, East and West, the red lines have already been reached and may be crossed, either by accident or deliberately,” warns today in the official Global Times.
In its main cover story, the outlet claims that Taiwan and Ukraine are being “armed and pushed into suicidal actions by ever-increasing resolutions and promises of ’emergency’ support.”
“What will they do Russia Y China in that ‘case of emergency’? What forms of diplomatic, informative, economic or even military support could be counted on? This can become the main issue of the meeting,” says the state newspaper.
According to an official note of the meeting between Wang and Lavrov, both expressed their commitment to “safeguard peace and stability in the Asia-Pacific region and their opposition to any attempt to create confrontation blocs.”
“China is prepared to work with Russia so as to deepen bilateral friendship and strategic coordination, promote international justice, and benefit the people of both countries and the whole world,” Wang said, according to the statement.
He also advanced that the meeting will lay the foundations for “post-pandemic” bilateral relations.
Meanwhile, Lavrov pointed out that his country is also ready to do the same, seek “greater synergy” and increase common interests between the Eurasian Economic Union and the New Silk Roads, Xi Jinping’s flagship economic initiative.
The coronavirus pandemic will also be among the leaders’ topics of conversation.
In his meeting with Lavrov, the Chinese foreign minister called for consensus and mutual trust between the two countries to combat the health crisis and a reinforcement of border measures to prevent the spread of SARS-CoV-2 and to ensure commercial and professional exchanges.
The Global Times today also highlights the good moment of the ties between Beijing and Moscow, with milestones such as the approval of the common roadmap for the development of military cooperation until 2025 or the agreement for the construction of an international lunar research station .
It also highlights that bilateral trade last year reached a record figure of 150,000 million dollars.
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But he also recognizes pending problems that the presidents will have to address, such as financial bottlenecks or the fact that Russia and China have not approved the covid-19 vaccines that the two countries have developed.
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