Chinese President Xi Jinping and Russian President Vladimir Putin held official talks on Tuesday. Amid deteriorating relations with western countries, both the countries were seen trying to improve relations with each other.
On Ukraine, Xi Jinping said that China is standing at the right end of history. Putin said that China can replace those Western companies in Russia that have left Russia due to the Ukraine war.
“I am confident that our multifaceted, mutually beneficial cooperation will continue to grow and strengthen in the interests of the peoples of our countries.”
Meanwhile, Xi told his Russian counterpart that China and Russia should cooperate to achieve new goals.
In a joint statement after the meeting, Putin said, “China is Russia’s main foreign trade partner.”
Putin said that Russia and China “continue to develop the peaceful uses of nuclear power – Russia is helping to build a nuclear power station in China”.
Putin said, “Whenever the West and Ukraine are ready for this, a number of provisions of the Chinese peace plan can be taken as the basis for the resolution of the conflict in Ukraine.”
He also said that he and Jinping had paid close attention to Beijing’s peace proposals during their one-on-one meetings.
At the same time, Jinping said that the talks between the two countries have progressed beyond bilateral talks. He talked about business relations just like Putin.
After mentioning the need to strengthen humanitarian ties, Xi also referred to Beijing’s Ukraine peace plan.
He further said, last month China has cleared its stand on the situation in Ukraine. He said “I want to emphasize that we are in a neutral position and are following the UN Charter.”