During a meeting in Uzbekistan, the head of China Xi Jinping and Russian dictator Vladimir Putin the latter praised the Chinese leader for his “balanced” stance on the war against Ukraine, but said he understood “the questions and concerns about this.” This is reported Reuters.
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In Samarkand, Xi Jinping and Putin will attend the summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO). This is their first face-to-face meeting since Russia launched a full-scale invasion of Ukraine in February.
China refrains from condemning the Russian war and does not call it a military invasion.
“We understand your questions and concerns about this. During today’s meeting, of course, we will explain our position,” Putin said.
He also told the Chinese leader that Moscow supports Beijing’s “one China” policy and opposes US “provocations” in the Taiwan Strait.
- On September 13, Yang Jiechi, a senior Chinese diplomat and member of the Politburo of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China, said China-Russia relations have “always been on the right track” thanks to Xi Jinping and Putin.
- Yesterday, September 14, during a meeting with the President of Kazakhstan Kasymom-Jomartom Tokaev Xi Jinping said that China will continue to “resolutely support Kazakhstan in defending its independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity.”
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