Chinese and Russian leaders speak by phone and agree on the need for mutual support on security issues
Chinese President Xi Jinping told his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin in a phone call on Wednesday that Beijing will continue to support Moscow on issues of: “sovereignty and security”†
“China is ready to continue to provide mutual support to Russia on issues affecting our core interests, such as sovereignty and security, to step up strategic coordination between the two countries and to strengthen communication and coordination in major international and regional organizations such as the United Nations, BRICS . , and the Shanghai Cooperation Organization,” Xi was quoted by China’s state media outlet CCTV.
In the phone call, which fell on Xi’s 69th birthday, the two leaders noted that relations between Russia and China “have reached an unprecedented level and are constantly improving”, according to the Kremlin press service.
Putin stressed that Moscow is resisting attempts by outside forces to interfere in China’s internal affairs, such as the situations in Xinjiang, Hong Kong and Taiwan, CCTV reported.
Regarding the conflict in Ukraine, Xi noted, according to Chinese state media, that Beijing has always judged independently. He also reportedly called on all parties to the conflict to find a peaceful solution, with the Chinese leadership poised to play a constructive role in the process.
It was the second phone call between Putin and Xi since Russia launched its offensive against Ukraine on February 24.
Unlike the US, UK, Canada, EU, Japan, Australia and several other countries, China has not imposed sanctions on Russia for its military operation in Ukraine. The Chinese government called for peace but said it understands Russia’s security concerns and has condemned the supply of weapons from the West to Kiev.
In late February, Beijing abstained on a UN Security Council resolution condemning the Kremlin’s actions.
Washington has tried to pressure Beijing to take a stance more in line with the Western one, though China has so far refused to take hostile actions against Russia, calling it a “strategic partner.”