Russia: China diplomat says Russia ties ‘rock solid’; Xi may visit Moscow

MOSCOW: China’s top diplomat told one of President Putin‘s closest allies on Tuesday that Beijing’s relationship with Moscow was “rock solid”. China’s “no limits” partnership with Russia has come under scrutiny in the West after the US said it was concerned that Beijing might be considering supplying weapons to Russia a year since the invasion of Ukraine.
At a meeting in Moscow, Wang Yi told Nikolai Patrushev, secretary of Russia’s powerful Security Council, that he looked forward to discussions about security. “Chinese-Russian relations are mature in character: they are rock solid and will withstand any test in a changing international situation,” Wang told “Comrade” Patrushev through a Russian interpreter in remarks aired on state television. Wang said Russia and China should work out new joint steps to ensure the security of both countries, without elaborating.
Patrushev, who is close to Putin, told “Comrade” Wang that Beijing was a top priority for Russian foreign policy and that the two countries must stick together against the West. “In the context of a campaign that is being waged by the collective West to contain both Russia and China, the further deepening of Russian-Chinese cooperation in the international arena is of particular importance,” RIA cited Patrushev.
Meanwhile, Chinese President Xi Jinping is preparing to visit Moscow for a summit with Putin in the coming months, the Wall Street Journal reported on Tuesday, citing people familiar with the plan. Preparations for the trip are at an early stage and the timing has not been finalised, the WSJ said, adding that Xi could visit in April or early May, when Russia celebrates its WWII victory.

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