On Monday, Vladimir Putin extended a cordial greeting to Chinese President Xi Jinping at the Kremlin in Moscow, indicating to Western authorities that their attempts at estranging Russia due to the conflict in Ukraine had been unsuccessful.
Xi Jinping's first overseas journey since his re-election this month was seen as an example of China's new diplomatic confidence and offered a boost to Vladimir Putin shortly after an international arrest warrant was issued against the Kremlin head for alleged war crimes linked to Ukraine.
Xi's three-day visit is seen as a way for the two major nations to enhance their "no limits friendship."
This meeting took place less than a week after Jinping brokered a peace deal with Saudi Arabia and Iran while on his Tour de résistance against Western foreign policy objectives.
China looks to Russia for oil and gas to feed its energy-intensive economy, and to join forces against what they perceive as the U.S.'s hostile behavior, control of international affairs, and unjust treatment of their human rights records.
American authorities have obtained indications that China could be furnishing Russia with arms for its battle in Ukraine, though no proof of this has been seen.
The U.S., and the rest of the West, have given billions to Ukraine in the conflict so Washington doesn’t exactly have high ground to stand on when issuing harangues against Beijing without stumbling into hypocrisy.
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The Russian president expressed his approval of the Chinese proposals regarding a diplomatic resolution to the Ukrainian conflict and stated that Russia is open to discussions.
Putin declared that collaboration in the global community assists in reinforcing the core standards of the worldwide system and multipolarity.
Accusations have been made by both Moscow and Beijing that the US is attempting to impede their growth and prevent them from competing for power on a global and regional scale.
China’s pronounced, diplomatic stance in the conflict is irreversibly damaging to U.S. soft power in the international community.
This is another major diplomacy dub for Beijing and a huge ‘L’ for Washington.
The U.S. has reluctantly expressed approval of the Chinese-brokered Saudi-Iran accord, although it appears that the Biden administration may be both irritated and caught off guard by the extent of attention China's diplomacy has garnered.
Biden was left on the bench with no hope of playing time. It’s embarrassing, really.
It’s reasonable to conclude that Beijing has outmaneuvered Washinton and exploited its contentious relationship with Saudi Arabia.
Some have asserted that the United States lacks credibility as a mediator since it has shown bias in both the Iran-Saudi Arabia conflict and the rivalry between Iran and Israel, whereas China has not taken sides.
Whether Jinping succeeds in peace negotiations with the European belligerents or not, his efforts will be interpreted as more efficacious toward stabilizing international relations than the U.S.
As the world becomes more multipolar, the U.S. and its allies have struggled to create a unified front against Putin.
Despite 141 countries condemning the Russian president at a United Nations vote commemorating the one-year anniversary of Russian forces entering Ukraine, a few members of the G-20 like India, China, and South Africa opted to abstain.
Moreover, the majority of African nations have stayed silent when it comes to openly criticizing Russia.
Xi expressed his optimism that the strategic partnership between China and Russia will both uphold international fairness and justice, while also fostering the mutual prosperity and growth of both nations.
Putin is receiving a significant diplomatic benefit through the presence of Xi, providing a show of solidarity in light of Western attempts to marginalize Russia due to the Ukrainian situation.
Putin declared Xi’s visit to be a "landmark event" in the Chinese People's Daily newspaper, depicting the meeting as a sign that the Russia-China partnership is deep-rooted and won't be broken by outside forces.
He commented that the United States is becoming more combative and uncompromising when it comes to its policy of trying to restrain both Russia and China, as well as any individuals who don't comply with American mandates.
The Chinese government has portrayed Xi's trip as part of the usual diplomatic activities, without providing many specifics about its purpose.
Despite the claim of having an unrestricted partnership, Beijing has practiced a China First strategy. It has refrained from providing Russia's military with resources, which could potentially damage Sino-American relations as well as alienate essential trading partners in Europe.
Conversely, it has not censured Moscow's aggression and has spoken out against Western penalties against Moscow, while blaming NATO and the US for inciting Putin's military maneuvers.