On Xi’s birthday, Beijing and Moscow grow closer together
- Xi Jinping celebrated his 69th birthday on June 15
- The Chinese President got on a call with Vladimir Putin
- The Chinese state reiterated support for Russia on security
Xi Jinping, the Chinese President, pledged support for Vladimir Putin’s Russia amid the Ukraine war. The leader of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) said China will support Russia in “sovereignty and security matters,” a promise with direct implications on the war in eastern Europe. Xi was celebrating his 69th birthday on June 15.
On his birthday, Xi is reported to have spoken to Putin over the phone. According to the Chinese Foreign Ministry, Xi Jinping also pledged to deepen strategic coordination between the two countries. Another readout released by Russia says the relations between China and Russia are at an “all-time high” and reaffirmed Moscow’s commitment to “consistently deepen the comprehensive partnership.”
This is reported to be the second conversation between Putin and Xi Jinping since the war in Ukraine began on February 24. The two had spoken right after Moscow launched a “special military operation” in Ukraine, something that the West calls an invasion. China, standing true to its friendship with Russia, refrains from the use of the word “invasion”.
While Beijing has been careful to show its support for Moscow with regard to the Ukraine war in public fora and has called for west European nations to take an independent view of Beijing. In Wednesday’s call, Xi reiterated that China has always “independently assessed the situation in Ukraine” and called for “all parties” to push for a “proper settlement of the Ukraine crisis.”
Moscow’s reading of the phone call stated: “the President of China noted the legitimacy of Russia’s actions to protect fundamental national interests in the face of challenges to its security created by external forces.”
The United States has repeatedly called on the Chinese state to withdraw its support for Russia on the Ukraine war. Beijing and Moscow, however, have a no-limits deal since the Beijing Olympics. Russia and China growing closer is a threat for American hegemony across the world. Moreover, Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has kept Taiwan on the edge for months.