‘Practical cooperation’ between China’s Xi and Putin on the rise

Chinese President Xi Jinping and Russian President Vladimir Putin have taken to the international stage together, promoting ties between their countries as the two leaders met.

According to a report by The Washington Examiner the two leaders spoke on the phone Wednesday for their first conversation since Russia invaded Ukraine on Feb. 24 and appeared to strengthen their commitment to each other.

“Xi Jinping pointed out that since the beginning of this year, in the face of global turmoil and changes, China-Russia relations have maintained a good momentum of development,” the Chinese Foreign Ministry said in a readout of the call. “Since the beginning of this year, Russia-China practical cooperation has developed steadily.“

Xi also said his country is “willing to, together with Russia, continue to support each other on issues concerning core interests and major concerns such as sovereignty and security, intensify strategic coordination between the two countries, and strengthen communication and coordination in major international and regional organizations.”

Because both countries’ heads of state have made territorial claims over smaller nearby regions, such as Ukraine for Russia and Taiwan for China, the apparent willingness to support each other’s claims on “sovereignty and security” should raise red signals for Western allies.

“The Russian side supports the global security initiative proposed by the Chinese side, and opposes any forces to interfere in China’s internal affairs under the pretext of the so-called Xinjiang, Hong Kong, Taiwan, and other issues,” the readout also read. The two nations should “promote emerging market countries and developing countries should unite and cooperate to promote the development of the international order and global governance in a more just and reasonable direction.”

The amicable tone of the readout from the call underlines the depth of the partnership between the two anti-Western leaders, who are up against a more united NATO and a Western world that has strengthened itself in the aftermath of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, which they also discussed.

“The two heads of state exchanged views on the Ukraine issue,” the readout continued. “Xi Jinping emphasized that China has always proceeded from the historical latitude and right and wrong of the Ukraine issue, made judgments independently, actively promoted world peace, and promoted the stability of the global economic order. All parties should push for a proper settlement of the Ukraine crisis in a responsible manner. China is willing to continue to play its due role in this regard.”