Xi, Putin hail ties ahead of 'journey of peace' to Moscow

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Published: 2023-03-20 14:19

Last Updated: 2024-07-13 10:36


Xi, Putin hail ties ahead of 'journey of peace' to Moscow
Xi, Putin hail ties ahead of 'journey of peace' to Moscow

Xi Jinping and Vladimir Putin applauded on Monday the solidity of their alliance as the Chinese leader headed to Moscow for a summit with the Russian president.

Xi described his trip as a "journey of friendship, cooperation and peace."

"I look forward to working with President Putin to jointly adopt a new vision" for relations, Xi wrote in a signed article in the newspaper Russian Gazette that was also carried by the Chinese state news agency Xinhua.

China has sought to portray itself as a neutral party in the Russia-Ukraine war, and its foreign ministry said last week that Beijing would "play a constructive role in promoting peace talks" between Moscow and Kyiv.

Beijing in February issued a 12-point position paper calling for dialogue and respect for all countries' territorial sovereignty.

Putin has welcomed Beijing's statements on Ukraine as being indicative of a willingness to play a "constructive role" in ending the conflict while saying Chinese-Russian relations were "at the highest point".