BUSAN: Following last week’s decision to re-establish a chain connection between Saudi Arabia and Iran, may China stage a diplomatic coup in Russia next?.
Chinese President Xi Jinping is slated to pay a state visit to Russia’s President Vladimir Putin beginning March 20th, 2023.
This is the first visit since the start of the Russia-Ukraine war in February 2022 last year. Putin and Xi Jinping last met in September 2022 in Uzbekistan, where he expressed his concern about Russia’s escalating war with Ukraine. At precisely the time when Kremlin speakers discussed the use of nuclear weapons in Russia.
The most important question in this news is: could China’s President Xi play a role in bringing Russia and Ukraine to the table for discussion? Could he settle the problem between these two countries during this visit?
The answer is that he might try, but neither Ukraine nor the West will accept mediation from a group that has repeatedly stated its support for Russia. Though China might prefer Russia to win this war.
Chinese President Xi Jinping (Left) and Russian President Vladimir Putin (right) during the first anniversary of the invasion, China released a 12-point peace plan, in Beijing.
In another related development, China and Russia are each other’s most significant neighbors and strategic coordinating partners. In the face of a tightening Western boycott, Beijing has given an economic lifeline to Moscow by purchasing Russian oil at deep discounts.
Yet, China and Russia are having their finest relations since the late 1950s. Despite the fact that they do not have a formal alliance,
Chinese President Xi Jinping (left) and Russian President Vladimir Putin talk to each other during their meeting in Beijing, China on Feb. 4, 2022.
Russia and Ukraine, on the other hand, have no diplomatic connections. These countries have been at odds with one another since February 24, 2022.
Despite the fact that Russian forces have remained in control of Crimea and the Donbas region in Ukraine since 2014, Russia illegally annexed Ukraine’s Crimean Peninsula in 2014, while pro-Russian rebels engaged the Ukrainian military in an armed conflict for control of eastern Ukraine; these events marked the beginning of the Russo-Ukrainian War.
Bakhmut, the site of the heaviest battles with the Russian troops, Donetsk region, Ukraine
A vast number of individuals, both military personnel and civilians, have died. Women became widows, and children became orphans as a result of the war; many families were devastated and moved from their homes as a result of the war; and many buildings were broken by bullets, destabilizing institutions and reducing corporate trust. It has economic and social ramifications for both countries, particularly Ukraine. CNA.