BEIJING – Ahead of his visit to Beijing for the opening of the Winter Olympics, Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday pledged to deepen his country’s diplomatic and economic ties with China in accordance with ways to counter American power and influence.
In an article as well as a separate interview with Chinese state media, Putin made no mention of the confrontation between the US and its allies over Ukraine. But he said he and China’s leader, Xi Jinping, would coordinate foreign policy “based on close and coincidental approaches to solving global and regional problems”.
As the Ukraine crisis unfolded, China became more and more frank support Russia’s position, complicate President Biden’s strategy to deter any Russian attack by threatening to impose a punishable economic and diplomatic cost.
Last week, China’s Foreign Minister, Wang Yi, after speaking with Foreign Minister Antony J. Blinken, stated that any political resolution must address “legitimate security concerns of China”. Russia”.
Mr. Putin is scheduled to meet Mr. Xi on Friday in Beijing, and he suggested that they will discuss a variety of issues, including trade and business agreements, cooperation in moon exploration and plans to create financial mechanisms that can “offset the negative impact of unilateral sanctions”.
Such sanctions have been a mainstay of US and European responses to Russian aggression in Ukraine since its annexation of Crimea in 2014, to the ire of Putin and his officials. and other high-ranking Russian businessmen who have been subjected to these sanctions.
On Friday evening, Putin is expected to attend the opening ceremony of the 2022 Winter Olympics, along with dozens of foreign dignitaries, including other heads of state.
In The article that Mr. Putin wrote to China’s state news agency Xinhua, he mocked Biden and other leaders for claiming that their country’s diplomats would not attend the ceremony, as a protest against the China violates human rights.
“Sadly, the efforts of some countries to politicize sports for the sake of their ambitions have intensified recently,” Putin wrote. “This is fundamentally wrong and contrary to the spirit and principles of the Olympic charter.”
https://www.nytimes.com/2022/02/03/world/asia/putin-xi-meeting-russia-china.html Putin meets Xi in Beijing before the Winter Olympics