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Vladimir Putin at the plenary session of the RSPP congress announcing his trip to China. Credit:

April 30, 2024 (EIRNS)—Russian President Vladimir said on April 25 that he plans to visit China in May, in what may be his first foreign trip since he won re-election as President on March 18, reported TASS on April 26. Putin announced his plans at a congress of the Russian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs in Moscow.

On April 22, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov announced that Russia expects Chinese President Xi Jinping to attend the Oct. 22-24 BRICS summit in Russia, saying: “This year … We are celebrating the 75th anniversary of diplomatic relations between our two countries on a broad scale and at all levels. … It is particularly valuable that Xi Jinping paid his first foreign visit to Russia after being reelected to the P.R.C. presidency in March 2023. This year, the main bilateral event will be President of Russia Vladimir Putin’s upcoming state visit to the People’s Republic of China. In October, we expect China’s President to attend the 16th BRICS Summit in Kazan.”

The U.S. and British are attempting to break up the Russia and China’s close relationship, especially the economic relationship, in which China is shipping large volumes of machine tools, microchips, and other capital goods to Russia, as part of their growing trade. The importance of the reciprocal trips of Putin and Xi is clear from U.S. Secretary of State Tony Blinken’s April 24-26 visit to China, in which he threatened China with sanctions if it doesn’t break off some of its trade with Russia. At his press availability in Beijing, Blinken said: “I reiterated our serious concern about the P.R.C. providing components that are powering Russia’s brutal war of aggression against Ukraine. … As we’ve told China for some time, ensuring transatlantic security is a core U.S. interest. … In our discussions today, I made clear that if China does not address this problem, we will.”

On Feb. 4, 2022, in Beijing, visiting President Vladimir Putin and President Xi Jinping issued a perspective for the world’s development, entitled, “Joint Statement of the Russian Federation and the People’s Republic of China on the International Relations Entering a New Era and the Global Sustainable Development.” In it they stated, “The sides believe that peace, development and cooperation lie at the core of the modern international system. Development is a key driver in ensuring the prosperity of the nations. … It is vital to enhance partnership relations for the sake of global development and make sure that the new stage of global development is defined by balance, harmony and inclusiveness.

“The sides are seeking to advance their work to link the development plans for the Eurasian Economic Union [EAEU] and the Belt and Road Initiative with a view to intensifying practical cooperation between the EAEU and China in various areas and promoting greater interconnectedness between the Asia Pacific and Eurasian regions. The sides reaffirm their focus on building the Greater Eurasian Partnership in parallel and in coordination with the Belt and Road construction to foster the development of regional associations as well as bilateral and multilateral integration processes for the benefit of the peoples on the Eurasian continent.”

Presidents Xi and Putin have met 42 times as heads of state. This is being extended to the Global South, and the process is gaining momentum, which means there is little the Anglo-American axis can accomplish to stop it. This is what the West despises.