Negative Xi Jinping and See. Putin for creating new military alliances

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The leaders of Russia and her Of China showed today their “exemplary” understanding during a video conferencing, amid tensions with the West, with the Kremlin resident confirming on this occasion that he will go to the Beijing Winter Olympics.

In addition, Vladimir Putin secured the support of Xi Jinping in his attempt to secure security guarantees for Russia from the West, according to a Kremlin official.

Xi told Putin he understood Russia’s concerns and supported Russia’s initiative, following a briefing by Putin on his recent video conference with Joe Biden, Kremlin adviser Yuri Ushakov said.

Ushakov said the two leaders also expressed a “negative view” of the creation of new military alliances, such as the AUKUS alliance between Australia, Britain and the United States.

The friendly tone of the video conference, which was broadcast in part on Russian television, contrasts with Western criticism of Moscow, which is suspected of plotting an invasion of Ukraine, and Beijing over repression in Hong Kong and Xinjiang.

Rumbled, Vladimir Putin hailed the quality of the relationship between the two powers based on “non-interference”, “respect for each other’s interests” and “their determination to turn the common border into a zone of everlasting peace and good neighborliness.”

“I consider these relations to be the true model of transnational cooperation in the 21st century,” the Russian president told Xi Jinping’s “dear friend”.

The C-Putin videoconference demonstrates their closeness, especially in light of the less-than-friendly meetings between Russian and Chinese leader Joe Biden in recent weeks.

Beijing, like Moscow, has seen last week’s US president’s virtual summit on democracy as hostile to them.

The Kremlin resident also confirmed today that the two leaders will meet “face to face in Beijing” in February, on the occasion of the start of the Winter Olympics (February 4-20).

The two allies have not met in person since the pandemic broke out.

Olympic Games and politics

The Russian president also said that he and Xi oppose “any attempt to politicize sports and the Olympic movement.”

China has denounced a recent decision by the United States, Britain, Canada and Australia not to send political representatives to the Games in response to human rights abuses, particularly in the northwestern Chinese province of Xinjiang. .

Moscow considers this “diplomatic boycott” an attempt to politicize the Games.

Russia also sees itself as a victim of the Russians’ Russophobic policy in the field of sports.

For Moscow, the huge doping scandal that has been undermining its sporting credibility for years is being used by its geopolitical rivals.

Accused since 2015 of enforcing an institutional doping system, Russia’s participation has been suspended from major international events until 2022.

However, “pure” Russian athletes are allowed to participate in competitions as neutral athletes and will therefore be in Beijing.

Russian officials, including Putin, are barred from attending international events unless invited to do so by the head of state. This is the case of the Russian president.

Tensions with the West

Despite the accumulation of research reports, evidence of irregularities and scientific analysis, Moscow denies having set up a state doping system and says it is an individual deviation.

Moscow and Beijing have seen their respective relations with the West deteriorate over the years and want to project the image of two united states as a counterweight.

Permanent members of the UN Security Council, where they work together, Moscow and Beijing have also strengthened their relations in the fields of economy, defense and energy.

Russia is now being targeted by the West over its military exercises on the border with Ukraine, which have led some to fear an invasion of Ukraine.

Moscow, on the other hand, says it feels threatened by NATO’s growing military presence in Eastern Europe, especially its support for Ukraine.

The issue will also be on the table at the EU summit today with the former Soviet republic, the Eastern Partnership, which Moscow views with disdain.

China is often criticized by Washington and its allies for Taiwan, the treatment of the Uighur Muslim minority, or even for restricting civil liberties in Hong Kong’s semi-autonomous territory.

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