Head of the People’s Republic of China Xi Jinping missed dinner with the Russian dictator Vladimir Putin and the President of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdoğan in Samarkand. This is reported Reuters with reference to a source in the government of Uzbekistan.
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The Chinese leader did not attend a dinner attended by 11 heads of state at a regional security summit in Samarkand, Uzbekistan.
Xi Jinping was not in the group photos released on the evening of September 15 when the meeting participants, including Putin and Erdogan, went to dinner.
An Uzbek government source confirmed Xi’s absence and said the Chinese delegation referred to its COVID-19 policy.
- 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.”
- During a meeting in Uzbekistan between Xi Jinping and 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.”
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