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China & Russia Release Joint Statement Following Xi-Putin Meeting


MNI (London): Russia and China have released a joint statement following the conclusion of two-days of talks between Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chinese President Xi Jinping in Moscow, Russia.

  • The two leaders said they would "deepen" military cooperation but stressed that relations do not constitute a "military-political alliance."
  • The statement make reference to stepping up foreign policy coordination in Africa, Central Asia, and the Persian Gulf and hits regular criticisms of US unilateralism and the nuclear tech sharing alliance AUKUS.
  • The statement makes only brief reference to Ukraine with Russia "positively assessing" China's position.
  • Putin said: "The topic of trade and economic interaction remains the priority for us, which is quite natural, considering that China firmly holds the position of the leading foreign trade partner of our country."
  • On energy, Putin said: “Russian business is in a position to meet the growing demand from the Chinese economy for energy...”
  • Dominic Waghornat Sky News writes: "The relationship between Vladimir Putin and his guest Xi Jinping is unbalanced and increasingly so... The Xi-Putin summit has helped seal Russia's fate as a vassal state of China..."

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