Xi Jinping and Putin’s Meeting: No 5-Meter Table and Strong Camaraderie Exhibited on the First Day’s Intimate Discussion

Putin “Dear Friend” Expresses Solid Confidence

Cooperation between the two countries and discussion of Ukraine issues at the summit

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Chinese President Xi Jinping (left), on a state visit to Russia, holds an informal one-on-one meeting with President Vladimir Putin at the Kremlin in Moscow on the 20th (local time). AP Yonhap News

Chinese President Xi Jinping, who is on a state visit to Russia, will hold a summit meeting with President Vladimir Putin on the 21st (local time) to discuss cooperation between the two countries and the war in Ukraine. President Xi has chosen Russia as his first overseas destination since his third consecutive term as president, showing off his “long friendship” with President Putin and tightening the reins of his “anti-American solidarity.” At the same time, through this visit, he is trying to build an image of a ‘peace mediator’ in the international community by emphasizing the political resolution of the Ukrainian issue.

President Xi held a meeting at the Kremlin Palace in Moscow on the afternoon of the same day: Tsai Qi, member of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee and director of the Central Office of the Communist Party of China; Wang Yi, member of the Central Political Bureau and head of the Office of the Central Foreign Affairs Commission; He is expected to hold talks with the Russian delegation, including President Putin, in the presence of directors and others. From Russia, it was reported that Russian Security Council Vice-Chairman Dmitry Medvedev, Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Chernyshenko, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, and Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu will be present.

Russia’s TASS news agency reported that the meeting will be followed by a meeting between the delegations of the two countries, a document signing ceremony, and a joint press conference followed by a state dinner. The main agenda of the meeting is strengthening cooperation between the two countries and the Ukraine issue. Prior to the meeting, the Russian side issued a number of important documents, including two important documents from the two leaders: “Joint Statement between the two countries on deepening comprehensive cooperative relations and strategic interaction in the new era” and a statement on plans to develop key areas of bilateral economic cooperation by 2030. It said that it plans to agree on about 10 documents containing plans for cooperation in the field. In this regard, TASS reported that the Kremlin is expected to discuss mainly energy and military cooperation and trade issues.

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Both China and Russia have indicated that discussions on the war in Ukraine will be a major agenda item at the summit. On the 24th of last month, on the first anniversary of the war in Ukraine, China announced its position on the political settlement of the Ukrainian crisis and announced its willingness to act as a mediator between the end of the war and peace negotiations. At the meeting, President Xi is expected to explain the political solution and receive President Putin’s position. The specific outcome of the meeting is expected to be released through a joint statement in the near future.

Discussion of bilateral relations and Ukrainian issues in one-on-one dialogue

On the eve of the first day of his visit to Russia, President Xi held an informal one-on-one meeting with President Putin and discussed related issues. “The consolidation and development of China-Russia relations is based on China’s fundamental interests and strategic choices in accordance with the global development trend, and both countries support global multipolarization and promote the democratization of international relations,” Xi said. We should further deepen practical cooperation in various fields, strengthen coordination and cooperation on multilateral platforms such as the United Nations, help each country develop and revitalize, and become a strong pillar of world peace and stability,” he stressed.

In addition, President Putin said, “Thanks to the joint efforts of both sides, Russia-China relations have reaped rich results in various fields in recent years.” We want to promote the process of multipolarization and democratization of international relations.” The two leaders’ emphasis on global multipolarization and democratization of international relations is interpreted as expressing their will to lead a new world order through cooperation between the two countries, criticizing the US-centered unipolar system.

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The two leaders also exchanged views on the Ukraine issue. “On the Ukrainian issue, most countries support easing tensions, advocate reconciliation and promotion of dialogue, and oppose adding fuel to the fire,” Xi said. did. “The greater the difficulty, the more peaceful it is, and the more acute the conflict, the more we must not give up our dialogue efforts,” he said.

President Putin responded by saying, “Russia is seriously reviewing China’s position document on the political settlement of the Ukrainian issue, has an open attitude to dialogue and negotiations, and welcomes China’s play of a constructive role.”

Conversation between small tables, contrast with Macron’s 5m table… Praise each other for leadership and say good wishes

news/2023/03/21/news-p.v1.20230321.da1d0933b5da4841b3a0834725f1dab5_P1.webp" loading="lazy">Russian President Vladimir Putin (left) and French President Emmanuel Macron, who visited the Kremlin Palace in February last year, sit across a long table and have a conversation.  AFP Yonhap News

Russian President Vladimir Putin (left) and French President Emmanuel Macron, who visited the Kremlin Palace in February last year, sit across a long table and have a conversation. AFP Yonhap News

The two leaders had a meal together at their first meeting the day before and had a conversation that lasted for 4 hours and 30 minutes. President Putin greeted Xi, who visited the Kremlin Palace, calling him a “dear friend.” The conversation between the two people before the meal was conducted in a friendly and comfortable manner as they sat facing each other at a distance of less than 1m with a small square table in between. This is in stark contrast to Putin’s conversations across a five-meter-long table last year when other top foreign dignitaries, such as French President Emmanuel Macron and UN Secretary-General António Guchchs, visited the Kremlin Palace.

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As if showing off their close relationship, President Xi and President Putin exchanged good wishes. President Putin said, “The development of China in various fields over the past 10 years has yielded great achievements that the world pays attention to, and thanks to President Xi’s outstanding leadership, the superiority of China’s national system and governance system has been proven.” I firmly believe that it will surely continue to develop and change, and that various grand goals that have already been set will be smoothly realized.”

In response, Xi said, “Russia will hold presidential elections next year. Under your firm and strong leadership, Russia’s development and promotion have made great strides. He praised the late President Putin.

It is interpreted that President Putin, who has been in power for 24 years, and President Xi, who has been in power for 15 years, have shown off solid friendship and trust in each other, and President Xi has expressed his desire for the stability of the Russian regime for anti-American solidarity.

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