Diplomacy: Putin arrived in China for a state visit

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Putin arrived in China on a state visit

Russian President Vladimir Putin has arrived in China for a two-day state visit. photo

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Putin’s last state visit to China was several years ago. There are also symbolic reasons why he is coming to Beijing first in his fifth term in office.

Russia’s President Vladimir Putin has arrived in China for a two-day state visit. This was reported by Chinese and Russian state media.

Putin reached Beijing with his delegation early in the morning. The program in the Chinese capital included a meeting with state and party leader Xi Jinping. Putin also wants to travel to the northern Chinese industrial city of Harbin and attend a Russian-Chinese trade fair there.

It is Putin’s first foreign trip during his fifth term in office, which began just over a week ago. Among other things, the conclusion of several cooperation agreements is expected. The choice of Beijing as the first destination is also symbolic, as Xi first visited Russia after assuming his third term in office. The two nuclear powers are closely linked economically.

Russia is affected by far-reaching sanctions from the West due to its war of aggression in Ukraine and needs China as a trading partner. Germany, the USA and other supporters of Ukraine accuse China of not putting enough pressure on Russia and even indirectly supporting Moscow’s warfare – including by supplying components that can also be used for military equipment.

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