Russia’s Putin and China’s Xi condemn US ‘interference

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Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chinese President Xi Jinping have jointly denounced what they perceive as interference by the United States in the internal affairs of other nations, as stated by the Kremlin.

In a telephone conversation lasting an hour on Thursday, Xi and Putin criticized US policies that they believe meddle in the domestic matters of sovereign states, according to Kremlin aide Yuri Ushakov.

The leaders highlighted the need for establishing a “multipolar and fairer global order” in response to American-led initiatives aimed at constraining Russia and China, Ushakov informed reporters.

They expressed mutual understanding regarding what they perceive as a US strategy of dual containment towards both Moscow and Beijing, he added.

Over the past two years, the Western world has increasingly viewed the growing cooperation between Moscow and Beijing with concern, given their efforts to expand their influence globally, particularly in trade and defense.

Facing unprecedented sanctions from the West due to its military actions in Ukraine, Russia has turned to China as a crucial economic partner.

China, in turn, has benefited from Russian energy supplies and access to abundant natural resources, including significant gas imports via the Power of Siberia pipeline.

Trade between the two countries has seen a significant surge, reaching $218.2 billion from January to November, according to Chinese customs data, meeting a goal set by both nations in 2019 a year ahead of schedule.

Furthermore, Russia and China are increasingly conducting trade using their own currencies, signaling a move away from the dominance of the US dollar. Putin and Xi emphasized the importance of establishing a robust financial infrastructure to ensure the reliability of transactions, Ushakov noted.

Regarding international conflicts, Putin and Xi discussed the situations in Ukraine and the Middle East, aligning their perspectives without providing further details, Ushakov stated.

The partnership between Beijing and Moscow has strengthened despite criticism from Western countries, notably the US. China has faced its own scrutiny over issues such as its approach towards Taiwan, which Beijing considers a part of its territory.

Putin reiterated Russia’s support for the “one China” policy concerning Taiwan during discussions on the Asia-Pacific region, according to the Kremlin’s statement.

Xi stressed the importance of strategic collaboration between Russia and China to safeguard their respective sovereignty, security, and development interests, as reported by Chinese state broadcaster CCTV.

While Putin and Xi met twice in the previous year, Ushakov mentioned that the leaders will maintain close personal interaction, although there are currently no plans for reciprocal visits.