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Uzbekistan. Meeting of Vladimir Putin and Xi Jinping. On the topics of Taiwan and Ukraine

Uzbekistan.  Meeting of Vladimir Putin and Xi Jinping.  On the topics of Taiwan and Ukraine

Russian President Vladimir Putin, who met with Chinese President Xi Jinping on Thursday, said Moscow supports Beijing’s “one China” policy and opposes what he called US “provocations” in the Taiwan Strait. Putin praised China’s “balanced stance” in the face of Russian aggression against Ukraine.

Vladimir Putin Xi Jinping met on Thursday on the sidelines of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) summit. Uzbekistan. Leaders Russia And China met in person for the first time since the start of the Russian aggression against Ukraine in February this year.

Putin told Xi in a televised introductory exchange that Russia appreciated the “balanced stance of Chinese friends in dealing with the Ukrainian crisis.” – We understand your questions and concerns regarding this situation. We will certainly explain our position during today’s meeting – he said.

– China is ready to cooperate with Russia, assume the responsibility of a world power, play a leading role and bring stability and positive energy to a world in chaos – said the Chinese leader.

Putin condemned “American provocations”.

The Russian leader also mentioned the Taiwan issue, declaring his support for the “One China” policy. He added that Moscow “condemns provocations by the United States and its satellites in the Taiwan Strait,” referring to the passage of U.S. ships through international waters in the basin in late August.

Vladimir Putin meets Xi JinpingPAP / EPA / Alexander Demyanchuk / Sputnik

China, which claims Taiwan as its territory, has begun military exercises near the island after a visit by the head of the House of Representatives, defying opposition from the democratically elected government in Taipei. Nancy Pelosi In early August. The visit by an American politician drew the ire of officials in Beijing, who saw it as a US attempt to meddle in China’s internal affairs.

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Tightening ties between China and Russia

Putin and Xi met during the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) summit in Uzbekistan. The two leaders previously met in February, shortly before the Russian invasion of Ukraine. Both countries declared their friendship “without borders” and without “prohibited areas for cooperation”.

Since then, according to experts, Sino-Russian cooperation has grown stronger. Commentators argue that China did not provide military aid to Russia, but supported it politically and in propaganda. They do not condemn the aggression against Ukraine and are against the economic sanctions imposed on Moscow.

The Shanghai Cooperation Organization is a regional alliance established on June 15, 2001 by Russia, China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, and Tajikistan. Currently, Uzbekistan, India and Pakistan are also members of the SCO, and Belarus, Iran, Mongolia and Afghanistan have observer status.

Ji’s visit before the party congress

Xi Jinping He arrived in Samarkand, the venue of the Summit (SCO), from Kazakhstan’s capital, Nur-Sultan, where he spoke with the country’s President Kasym-Żomart Tokayev. Kazakhstan is the first country the Chinese leader has visited since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Observers point out that Xi’s visit comes a month before the 20th Congress of the Communist Party of China. It is a major party meeting held every five years. According to experts, Xi is likely to break with tradition and extend his power beyond the usual two five-year terms.

Main photo source: PAP / EPA / Alexander Demyanchuk / Sputnik

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