Russian President Vladimir Putin said Wednesday that Chinese President Xi Jinping will be visiting Moscow soon as China and Russia continue to draw closer together in the face of similar Western pressure.
Putin made the announcement while hosting China’s top diplomat, Wang Yi, in Moscow. “We await a visit of the President of the People’s Republic of China to Russia, we have agreed on this,” Putin said. “Everything is progressing, developing. We are reaching new frontiers.”
Wang said China and Russia have reached “new levels of cooperation” and expects trade between the two nations to reach $200 billion per year by 2024, up from $185 billion in 2022. He expressed favor for a multipolar world and said China and Russia together have withstood pressure from other countries.
“Together we support multipolarity and democratization in international relations,” Wang said. “This fully meets the course of time and history; it also meets the interests of the majority of countries.”
Wang is the highest-level Chinese official to visit Russia since the invasion of Ukraine. The trip comes amid US accusations that Beijing is “considering” providing Moscow with military assistance, a claim the Chinese Foreign Ministry rejected.
While China and Russia have increased ties over the past year as they’re both facing sanctions and military buildups from the US and its allies, there’s no sign yet that Beijing has provided weapons for Moscow’s war effort or that it’s interested in doing so. Wang said at the Munich Security Conference over the weekend that China plans to present a peace proposal to end the war in Ukraine.