FORGED IN FIRE: Russia-China ties reach “unprecedented” level amid tensions with the West
02/13/2024 // Richard Brown // Views

A newly released report from both the Kremlin and China sheds light on the "unprecedented" nature of the relationship between Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chinese President Xi Jinping.

In the face of global criticism surrounding Putin's decision to invade Ukraine in 2022, Xi stands out as one of the few world leaders who has maintained a cordial association with the Russian president.

As the conflict in Ukraine approaches its two-year mark on February 24, Western nations, unified through the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), have consistently opposed Russia's actions, leading to substantial sanctions.

The United States, recognizing China as a significant long-term global adversary, faces internal divisions, particularly in the House of Representatives, regarding additional foreign aid to Ukraine.

The Kremlin's statement, reflecting a telephone conversation between Putin and Xi during the Lunar New Year celebrations, emphasizes the positive trajectory of Sino-Russian comprehensive partnership and strategic cooperation in recent times. The statement underscores the exceptional nature of the friendly ties between Moscow and Beijing, describing them as being at an "unprecedentedly high level."

The report cites the impressive achievement of bilateral trade volume, reaching a record $228 billion in 2023, surpassing the $200 billion goal set by both leaders. (Related: Russia and China pledge friendship, denounce the West.)

This robust economic collaboration not only reflects the depth of the strategic partnership between Russia and China but also showcases their ability to navigate global challenges and sanctions together, solidifying their bond on the diplomatic and economic fronts.

Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin's visit to Beijing last May underscored the robust and unprecedented level of ties between Russia and China.

Mishustin, the highest-ranking Russian official to visit Beijing since the Ukraine invasion, made this observation as officials from both nations signed several agreements, emphasizing their commitment to trade and sports cooperation. This visit occurred against the backdrop of increasing Western pressure on Russia, with China emerging as a vital partner for Moscow amid global challenges.

Russia deepens strategic cooperation with China amid "sensational pressure" from the West

The escalating turbulence in the international arena, coupled with what Mishustin termed as "sensational pressure" from the West, has driven Russia to deepen its strategic cooperation with China.

Both nations share a commitment to mutual interests and addressing challenges collectively. The economic aspect of their relationship is particularly robust, with bilateral trade reaching a record $190 billion in the previous year, surpassing the $200 billion goal set by their leaders.

During their talks, ministers from Russia and China signed agreements covering various aspects, including service trade cooperation, sports collaboration, patents and Russian millet exports to China.

These agreements further solidify the multifaceted nature of their partnership, encompassing economic, cultural and diplomatic domains.

China, now Russia's leading energy customer, has become pivotal for Moscow, especially as Western sanctions take a toll on Russia's global standing.

Russia's Deputy Prime Minister Alexander Novak, responsible for energy policy, indicated that Russian energy supplies to China would witness a substantial 40 percent year-on-year increase in 2023.

This underscores the strategic importance of China in sustaining Russia's economic resilience.

Analysts note that China's influence in the Russia-China relationship is growing, with the Asian giant assuming a crucial role as Moscow's global ally.

China maintains a neutral stance in the Russia-Ukraine conflict and positions itself as a potential mediator. Despite criticism from the West, China defends its ties with Russia, asserting its compliance with international norms.

Recent diplomatic engagements, including a visit by Beijing's special envoy to Ukraine and plans for the envoy's visit to Russia, suggest a proactive role for China in mediating regional conflicts.

China's release of a peace plan for Ukraine, while met with skepticism, aligns with its commitment to fostering dialogue and peace in the ongoing conflict.

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