Xi Jinping And Vladimir Putin Hold Key Meeting in Moscow
On March 20, 2023, Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chinese President Xi Jinping met in Moscow for an ostensive peacemaking initiative. The two leaders boasted about the intimate relationship between both countries on matters concerning economics and defense.
The meeting came a few days after the International Criminal Court’s decision to charge Russian President Vladimir Putin with war crimes in Ukraine and issued a warrant for his arrest. In visiting Moscow, Xi made his first public appearance since Russia launched its military incursion into Ukraine on March 24, 2022.
“In the last few years, China has made a colossal leap forward… In the whole world, this evokes interest, and unfortunately even envy,” Putin said to Xi on March 20.
“Under your leadership, Russia’s development has substantially improved,” Xi replied to Putin, who he also addressed as his “dear friend.”
As a way to market itself as a peacemaker during a time when the Russo-Ukrainian conflict rages on, China marketed Xi’s trip as a
“tour of friendship, cooperation, and peace.”
United States State Secretary of State Antony Blinken stated that Xi’s visit to Moscow demonstrated China’s intention to “diplomatically cover” Russia’s alleged atrocities in the Russo-Ukrainian war.
“That President Xi is traveling to Russia days after the International Criminal Court issued an arrest warrant for President Putin suggests that China feels no responsibility to hold the Kremlin accountable for the atrocities committed in Ukraine, and instead of even condemning them, it would rather provide diplomatic cover for Russia to continue to commit those very crimes,” declared Blinken.
Putin told Xi that he was “always open to the negotiation process” during the public portion of the March 20 meeting. Over the last month, the US and its Western satrapies have warned about China potentially supplying Russia with military aid such as ammunition and drones. Chinese authorities have categorically rejected these claims.
One thing is clear from looking at Xi’s visit to Moscow: The China-Russia strategic partnership is here to stay. And it’s the product of the US’s universalist foreign policy that has pushed these countries together.
Future historians will look at the US’s post-Cold War foreign policy with total befuddlement as the country pissed aways its unipolar status to cause international mayhem, which created the conditions for a Eurasian balancing coalition to check its interventionist excesses abroad. A geopolitical own goal of colossal proportions.