Chinese leader will visit Russia for talks with Putin on March 20-22, Kremlin says.
By Georgi Kantchev from the Wall Street Journal.
March 17, 2023
Chinese leader Xi Jinping plans to visit Moscow next week for talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin, the Kremlin said Friday, showcasing the deepening relationship between Beijing and Moscow as the war in Ukraine drags into its second year.
During the visit, which will take place March 20-22, the two leaders will discuss “topical issues of further development of the comprehensive partnership relations and strategic cooperation between Russia and China,” the Kremlin said, according to Russian state newswire TASS. Several bilateral documents will also be signed during the visit, it said.
Messrs. Xi and Putin will discuss the expansion of international cooperation between the two countries, the Kremlin said.
As the Ukraine conflict has deepened Russia’s international isolation, Beijing has provided diplomatic support to Moscow and an economic lifeline amid Western sanctions. China has scooped up Russian oil and gas, and sold microchips and other advanced technologies that can have military uses.