Chinese foreign minister to visit Russia for security talks today.
By: Peace Adisa
According to his foreign ministry, China’s top diplomat, Wang Yi, will start a four-day visit to Russia on Monday for security discussions. This is the most recent in a string of high-level trips and phone contacts between the two countries.
China and Russia are strategic allies, and both promote their “no limits” alliance and economic and military cooperation on a regular basis.
After Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in February of last year—which China has refused to condemn—they grew even closer.
Wang will hold strategic security meetings at the invitation of Nikolai Patrushev, secretary of the Russian security council, according to a statement from China’s foreign ministry released on Monday.
Wang will meet with Sergei Lavrov, the Russian foreign ministry announced in an earlier briefing, and they would “focus on efforts to strengthen collaboration on the international scene.”
A spokeswoman stated that there would be “a thorough exchange of views on issues related to a settlement in Ukraine, as well as methods of ensuring stability and security in the Asia-Pacific region.”
While simultaneously providing Moscow with a crucial diplomatic and financial lifeline as its international isolation grows, China has attempted to present itself as a neutral party in the Ukraine crisis.
But it has refrained from openly joining the military or supplying Russia with deadly weapons.
Chinese Defense Minister Li Shangfu urged for increased military cooperation while in Russia and Belarus last month.
The two nations have recently conducted coordinated air and maritime patrols, the latter of which prompted South Korea to station fighter fighters as a precaution.
With a Putin aide announcing in July that the Russian president intended to visit China in October, their high-level interactions appear to be intensifying.
During a state visit to Moscow in March, President Xi Jinping proclaimed that the two nations’ relations had entered a new era.
During a meeting at the annual Eastern Economic Forum in Vladivostok last week. Russian President Vladimir Putin informed Chinese Vice Premier Zhang Guoqing that relations between the two countries “have reached an absolutely unprecedented, historical level”.