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Xi and Putin agree to deepen ties during 'warm and friendly' phone call

During a second telephone conversation with Vladimir Putin, the Chinese President Xi Jinping reiterated his support for Russia. He was described as warm and friendly.

The Kremlin stated that Mr had “noted legitimacy” of Russian actions to defend itself against external threats to its security.

According to reports, both leaders agreed that Sino-Russian relations are at an “unprecedentedly elevated level” and they would work together to strengthen ties in finance, energy and industry.

China refused to condemn Russia’s invasion in Ukraine, or to even refer to it that way. However, the West and NATO have accused Moscow of provocation.

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Mr Putin and Mr Xi met in Beijing weeks before the Russian attack. They signed an agreement pledging that relations between the two sides would “have no limits.”

Image of Russian forces moving towards Mariupol , Ukraine’s port city.

It is not clear if Mr. Xi knew of Russia’s plans to invade Ukraine at that time.

The two leaders responded to US pressure by stating their opposition to NATO expansion and affirming that the island of Taiwan is part of China.

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The United States has a policy of “One China”, which means that it is committed peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait.

The Taiwan Relations Act also means that America will provide Taiwan the military resources to defend itself.

Beijing insists that Taiwan’s self-government is an inalienable right. Although it has pledged to “reunite with Taiwan by peaceful means”, it has not abandoned the use of force to do so.

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Taiwan – A young democracy is next to an authoritarian giant in a mirror image of Europe

The leaders discussed deepening cooperation in energy, finance, and industry as Moscow is facing unprecedented Western sanctions regarding Ukraine.

The Kremlin stated that it was reached an agreement to increase cooperation in energy and finance, industry, transportation, and other spheres. This is taking into consideration the world’s complicated economic situation due to the West’s illegitimate sanction policy.

They also discussed ways to strengthen their military ties. According to the official transcript, Mr Xi stated that China was willing to cooperate with Russia to foster the long-term and steady development of bilateral pragmatic cooperation.

According to the state-owned Xinhua News Agency, China is ready to continue supporting Russia on matters relating to core interests and major concerns like sovereignty and security.

China is tacitly supporting Russia’s invasion in Ukraine. However, it has tried to be neutral and avoid any repercussions for supporting Russia’s economy under international sanctions.

Moscow and Beijing are aligning their foreign policies more to resist liberal democratic forces in Asia, Europe, and beyond. They have taken a stand against authoritarian rule, with strict borders and little respect for freedom of speech or opposition politics.

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