Wang Yi meets Putin in signal of deepening China-Russia ties

The heat of Russia’s and China’s relationship has been on show within the Kremlin as President Vladimir Putin held talks with China’s prime diplomat Wang Yi and hailed the significance of the 2 nations’ cooperation.

Images confirmed Wang and Putin exchanging a agency handshake and sitting throughout the desk from one another throughout their assembly on Wednesday. Others confirmed Wang, the Chinese Communist Party’s most senior international coverage official, wanting relaxed as he walked with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov.

Wang’s go to to Moscow – on the finish of a tour of a variety of European nations – comes nearly a 12 months after Putin ordered troops into neighbouring Ukraine, beginning a battle that has left hundreds useless, pressured thousands and thousands to flee and left Ukrainian cities and cities in ruins.

The battle has additionally widened divisions between Russia and the world’s liberal democracies, principally within the West, that are backing Ukraine and have imposed sanctions on Moscow. Ties between China and the United States are additionally beneath severe pressure.

Noting the escalation in worldwide tensions, Putin mentioned that “in this context, cooperation between the People’s Republic of China and the Russian Federation on the global arena is particularly important for stabilising the international situation”.

Ties between the 2 had reached “new frontiers”, he mentioned, confirming that Chinese President Xi Jinping would possibly quickly travel to Moscow for a summit. The two males have met dozens of occasions since Xi grew to become Chinese president.

Beijing has not condemned Moscow over the battle though the invasion, which Moscow calls a “special military operation”, occurred shortly after Xi and Putin met in China and affirmed a “no limits” partnership.

The US and NATO have just lately expressed concern that China would possibly present arms or different assist to Russia’s battle, though China has denied having any such plan.

Wang emphasised that Moscow and Beijing each assist “multipolarity and democratisation of international relations” – a reference to their shared objective of countering the perceived US dominance in international affairs.

“Chinese-Russian relations aren’t directed against any third countries and certainly can’t be subject to pressure from any third countries,” he mentioned.

Sergey Lavrov Smiling As He Shows Wang Yi Into A Room In The Kremlin. Wang Looks Very Relaxed. Both Men Are In Suits.
Before assembly Putin, Wang Yu (left) met the Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov (proper) with Wang stressing deepening ties between the 2 nations [Alexander Nemenov/Pool Photo via AP Photo]

Earlier on Wednesday, Wang held talks with Russia’s international minister. “Our ties have continued to develop dynamically and despite high turbulence in the global arena, we have shown the readiness to speak in defence of each other’s interests,” Lavrov mentioned.

Wang responded in variety, underlining Beijing’s concentrate on deepening ties with Russia. Russia’s international ministry mentioned there was no dialogue a few purported Chinese peace plan for Ukraine.

China has echoed Moscow’s declare that the US and NATO are accountable for the battle by “provoking” the Kremlin.

Russia, in flip, has staunchly supported China amid tensions with the US over Taiwan and different points, similar to within the northwestern Xinjiang area, the place the United Nations has discovered crimes in opposition to humanity might need been dedicated.

Still, some analysts say whereas China has emphasised its shut ties with Moscow, additionally it is cautious of escalating tensions with the West when it wants to spice up its economic system after the extended lockdowns of its now-defunct zero-COVID coverage.

“Isolation from the West is not something (Beijing) wants to risk,” Yu Jie, a senior analysis fellow for China within the Asia-Pacific programme at Chatham House, a United Kingdom suppose tank, mentioned in feedback revealed on Wednesday.

“President Xi and his colleagues have begun to realise that cooperation with Russia comes with substantial limits to avoid undermining China’s own political priorities and longer-term economic interests.”

The battle in Ukraine started on February 24 final 12 months and has change into the largest land battle in Europe since World War Two.

At a gathering on Wednesday of the 193-member UN General Assembly to mark the primary anniversary of the battle, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres condemned Russia’s invasion as a violation of the UN Charter and worldwide regulation.

The General Assembly is ready to vote in a while Thursday on a decision put ahead by Ukraine and supporters, stressing “the need to reach, as soon as possible, a comprehensive, just and lasting peace” in keeping with the UN Charter.

Guterres mentioned the Charter was “unambiguous”, citing from it: “All members shall refrain in their international relations from the threat or use of force against the territorial integrity or political independence of any state.”

Ukraine and its supporters hope to deepen Russia’s diplomatic isolation by securing the assist of nearly three-quarters of the meeting to match – if not higher – the assist acquired for a number of resolutions final 12 months.

Russia’s UN ambassador, Vassily Nebenzya, informed the meeting that Moscow had been left with “no other option” however to make sure “the safety and security of our country, using military means”.