- Chinese Secretary General Xi Jinping and Russian President Vladimir Putin discussed a number of issues in a phone call on Wednesday, according to Chinese state media Xinhua.
- Xi and Putin agreed to work together to establish global “multipolarity” during the call, according to Xinhua.
- Despite multiple attempts by the Biden administration to convince Beijing to abandon the Kremlin after invading Ukraine, Xi and Putin have signaled their intention to deepen their strategic cooperation, Xinhua reported.
Chinese state media hyped General Secretary Xi Jinping’s challenge to President Joe Biden after a phone call Wednesday between Chinese and Russian leaders.
Chinese President Xi and Russian President Vladimir Putin reportedly discussed a range of issues including security, trade and diplomatic coordination during a phone call on Wednesday afternoon, Chinese media Xinhua reported. Despite multiple attempts by the Biden administration to convince Beijing to distance itself from the Kremlin following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, Xi and Putin still reportedly reaffirmed their intent for broad strategic cooperation during talks. Wednesday, agreeing to work together to establish a global “multipolarity” in defiance. of the current US-led international order.
While discussing the “Ukrainian issue”, Xi reportedly argued that China would not directly intervene to stop the war, but rather told Putin that “all parties” should “promote the proper resolution of the Ukraine crisis in a responsible,” according to a Daily Caller News Foundation translation. (RELATED: It took just 10 days for Shanghai to come back down into lockdown)
Chinese Embassy spokesperson Liu Pengyu told TheDCNF that China wants a political solution to the war in Ukraine.
“China is not a party directly related to the issue, but it is committed to promoting peace talks and playing a constructive role in seeking a peaceful resolution to the crisis. It is China’s abiding belief that the Ukrainian crisis can only be resolved through dialogue and negotiation,” Liu said. “China supports all efforts that are conducive to calming the situation and achieving political settlement.”
Biden administration officials have repeatedly pleaded with China not to help Russia, with little or no success.
Before Russia invaded Ukraine on February 24, the Biden administration was sharing intelligence with Beijing, seeking to convince China to help the United States avoid a war. However, in response, Beijing leaked US intelligence to the Kremlin, The New York Times reported.
Likewise, despite Biden telling Xi that China would face “consequences” in March 2022 if Beijing aided the Kremlin in its war, China continues to buy Russian oil and bought $13.13 billion worth from the during the first 100 days of the conflict, the Center for Research On Energy and Clean Air Report. China and Russia also continue to hold military exercises together, and bombers from both countries flew a joint mission near Japan while Biden was visiting Tokyo in May.
“China and Russia have no choice but to jointly resist the overall suppression of NATO through close strategic coordination and maintain the balance of the global strategic situation,” said researcher Cui Heng. Assistant at the Center for Russian Studies in Eastern China. University, told the Global Times.
Cui also told the Global Times that the phone call underlined the “deep personal friendship” that Xi and Putin have shared for more than a decade, noting that today is the Chinese dictator’s birthday.
Xi and Putin’s phone call comes five months after the two heads of state reportedly established a “limitless” partnership on the first day of the Beijing Winter Olympics on February 4. Beijing has since reportedly sought to balance its desire for a strategic partnership with the Kremlin against the possibility of incurring international sanctions for openly supporting Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, according to the Council on Foreign Relations.
During Wednesday’s phone call, Putin reportedly “praised” Xi for China’s “development achievements”, Xinhua reported. Putin reportedly said that Russia opposes “interference in China’s internal affairs”, signaling that Russia supports the Chinese government’s positions on Xinjiang, Hong Kong and Taiwan.
The Russian Embassy and the White House did not immediately respond to the DCNF’s request for comment.
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