Just in time for China reopening to tourism President-for-life Xi Jinping has arrived for an official state visit to Russia, with talks of reaffirming their BFF status, minting global order and of course China brokering a “fair” peace in Ukraine.
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THe Chinese Presidents place arrived at around 1.30 pm Moscow time, with him being warmly greeted by Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Chernyshenko aas well as other senior officials of the ruling regime.
This was followed by a welcome show and military band playing the national anthems of both China and Russia, as well as a full military guard, thus giving it as much Cold War 2 pageantry as possible.
The Xi Statement
As is the standard President Xi Jinping delivered an arrival statement, extending warm greetings and best wishes to the Russian government and people on behalf of the Chinese government and its people, while stressing that China and Russia are friendly neighbors connected quite literally and geographically by shared mountains and rivers.
He further stressed his hope that the two countries would consolidate and grow their bilateral relationship on the basis of no-alliance, no-confrontation and not targeting any third party…..
He also added that both nations could and should set a fine example to the developing worldly showing a new model for relations with major nations, such as China and Russia in order to foster progress in the world.
China – Russia and the Multipolar World
The end of the speech focussed on the joint-values and responsibilities of both nations as security council members, as well as their shared belief in a multinational, multipolar world, or in other words one not dominated by the United States and western countries.
Xi was accompanied by Cai Qi, member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau and Director of the General Office of the CPC Central Committee, Wang Yi, member of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee and Director of the Office of the Central Commission for Foreign Affairs, Qin Gang, State Councilor and Foreign Minister and other officials accompanying President Xi arrived on the same plane.
What is planned for the summit and what do the west think about it?
From an official Chinese point of view this is about extending an olive branch to Russia, strengthening ties with their former foe and biggest neighbor, as well as touting itself as the peacemakers the ongoing Russia-Ukraine conflict, still termed as a “special military operation” by the Russian side.
Xi Jinping arrives in Russia is not a subject filling the west with much joy though, with many warning against overt Chinese intuition, any assistance to Russia in its military operation and indeed skepticism regarding its aim to be a pacemaker in the conflict.
Yet while the western world will view everything with skepticism all the while funneling billions to the Ukrainian War effort, for the majority the stark realization that peace through negation and a return to some form of normality is fast becoming the status quo.