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China and Russia’s top diplomats vow to deepen co-ordination

China and Russia’s top diplomats vow to deepen co-ordination
Russian President Vladimir Putin (on screen) attends via video link the Friends of BRICS Leaders dialogue during the 15th BRICS Summit, in Johannesburg on 24 August 2023. (Photo: EPA-EFE / KIM LUDBROOK)

China’s top diplomat pledged to strengthen his country’s “strategic coordination” with Russia, as the two nations lay the groundwork for a meeting of their leaders in Beijing next month.

Foreign Minister Wang Yi is making a three-day trip to Moscow for security and foreign policy talks with his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov, as the two sides continue to deepen ties.

China and Russia should “demonstrate their responsibilities as major powers, fulfil their due international obligations, and continue to strengthen strategic coordination”, Wang said on Monday, according to a statement from China’s Foreign Ministry. 

He added that neither side should be influenced by “third parties”, in a veiled reference to the US.

Russia’s Foreign Minister said both nations should “strengthen coordination and collaboration within multilateral frameworks”, such as the United Nations and the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation, according to the statement. 

Their meeting takes place at the same time as the annual United Nations General Assembly in New York. China has sent Vice President Han Zheng — a largely ceremonial figure — to that huddle this year. In previous years, President Xi Jinping or Wang have attended.

Russian President Vladimir Putin is expected to visit China next month for the Belt and Road Initiative forum, where he’s set to sit down with Xi. That will be the Russian’s first foreign trip since the warrant for his arrest on alleged war crimes was issued by the International Criminal Court. 

China has been Russia’s biggest supporter since Putin last year ordered the full-scale invasion of Ukraine, with Beijing offering both economic and diplomatic shelter. 

At the same time, China has tried to cast itself as a peacemaker in the war, unveiling a vague 12-point peace blueprint in February. That plan has been rejected by Kyiv and the US, as it calls for a cease-fire that would freeze Russian forces in place in Ukraine.


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  • Beyond Fedup says:

    What a bunch of the most vile liars, murderers and hypocrites! Both Russia and China pontificate on respecting sovereignty and non-interference in the domestic affairs of countries, especially China on Taiwan when questioned, but they both interfere, physically or otherwise, and involve themselves in the affairs of Ukraine – an independent and sovereign country! Syria, Chechnya etc. These two countries are the main driving force in BRICS, along with useful idiots like Ramaphosa the spineless and Lula the fraudster, in trying to establish another world order, which will be sinister and evil if one just looks at most of the members.

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