Xi Jinping and Vladimir Putin held talks in the Kremlin, highlighting the strong relationship and shared strategic visions between China and Russia. Despite skepticism from Kyiv and the West, Beijing framed the state visit as a “peacemaking effort”.
This visit is Xi’s first to Russia since Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine in 2022, and it occurred shortly after the International Criminal Court issued a warrant for Putin’s arrest over alleged war crimes in Ukraine.
The head of the People’s Republic of China, Xi Jinping, said that allegedly “most countries are in favor of peace and negotiations” in the context of the Russian Federation’s war against Ukraine. He said this during talks with dictator Vladimir Putin in Moscow, according to the Xinhua propaganda agency, which is controlled by the Chinese Communist Party.
The Chinese state that Putin and Xi held an “in-depth exchange of views on the Ukrainian issue”, and the leader of the PRC emphasized that “voices for peace and reason in the Ukrainian issue are increasing, most countries are in favor of de-escalating tensions, for peace and negotiations and against adding oil to fire”.
“History shows that conflicts must ultimately be resolved through dialogue and negotiation,” Xi said.
He noted that Beijing recently published a “peace plan” in which it opposed the “Cold War mentality and unilateral sanctions.”
“The more difficult it is, the more we must leave the door open for peace, the more acute the contradictions, the more we must not give up efforts for dialogue,” the Chinese leader said.
China declares its “neutral” position on Russia’s war against Ukraine, which Beijing calls the “Ukrainian crisis”. The PRC repeatedly repeated the cliché of Russian propaganda that the Russian Federation was “provoked” to war by NATO and the USA, and also did not condemn the war that Moscow is waging to destroy the Ukrainian people, but at the same time declared its commitment to the principle of territorial integrity and the inviolability of established borders. Chinese officials regularly call for talks and say they are “for world peace”.