Chinese President Xi Jinping concluded his three-day visit to Moscow on Wednesday, where he met with Russian President Vladimir Putin and discussed a range of issues, including the Ukraine crisis, bilateral cooperation, and global challenges.
The two leaders reaffirmed their close strategic partnership and expressed their shared interest. They also signed a number of agreements to expand their economic ties, especially in the fields of energy, trade, and technology.
The international community closely watched the summit amid heightened tensions between Russia and the West over Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine last month.
Xi said he supported Putin’s efforts to safeguard Russia’s sovereignty and security and praised his “courageous and decisive” actions in Ukraine. He also said China was willing to work with Russia to promote a peaceful resolution of the conflict, based on Beijing’s peace plan that calls for a ceasefire, dialogue and respect for international law.
The summit also marked the 20th anniversary of signing the Treaty of Good-Neighborliness and Friendly Cooperation between China and Russia, laying the foundation for their strategic partnership. Xi said the treaty had “stood the test of time” and had “truly unlimited possibilities and prospects”.