Russian FM Lavrov Arrives in Beijing as Chinese Growing Aid for Moscow in the Ukraine War Becomes a Major US Conce

Russia’s FM Sergei Lavrov and China’s FM Wang Yi.
Published April 8,  2024

In the context of the war in Ukraine and the widely expected Chinese invasion of Taiwan, the ever-growing partnership between Russia and China has the western world very worried.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has landed in China for strategic talks on the war in Ukraine, the bilateral ties and the situation in the Asia-Pacific region’.

Reuters reported:

“The Russian foreign minister will talk with his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi on a series of “hot topics” that will also include joint cooperation in international organizations, such as the United Nations and the Group of 20 (G20), Moscow had said earlier.

Reuters reported last month that Russian President Vladimir Putin will travel to China in May for talks with Chinese President Xi Jinping, in what could be the Kremlin chief’s first overseas trip of his new presidential term.”

Hit with an unprecedented amount of sanctions that closed access to Western markets and finances after the onset of the war in Ukraine, Russia has since become China’s fastest-growing trade partner.

“Xi, in a call with Putin last month, said both sides should resolutely oppose interference in domestic affairs by external forces, an apparent reference to the United States.

Chinese vice foreign minister Sun Weidong said bilateral ties were “at their best in history” when he met his Russian counterpart in Moscow last month, according to a Chinese foreign ministry readout.”

This visit comes as the US is warning allies that China has stepped up its support for the Russian campaign in Ukraine, including by providing geospatial intelligence.



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Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has held bilateral talks with his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi during a visit to Beijing. They discussed their close ties and plans to boost Eurasian security.

Lavrov said Russian-Chinese relations were at an all-time high
Published April 8,  2024

China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi said Tuesday that Beijing would “strengthen strategic cooperation” with Moscow during a meeting with his Russian counterpart, Sergey Lavrov.

In comments reported by the RIA Novosti news agency, Wang said Beijing and Moscow would “provide each other with strong support.”

The meeting took place during a two-day visit by Lavrov to China. The two powers have improved their diplomatic ties since Russia launched its full-scale invasion of Ukraine in February 2022, declaring a “no limits” partnership.

The West is “implementing unlawful sanctions toward a number of states, Russia is among them of course. This policy is starting to be actively applied toward [China] as well,” Lavrov said, referencing efforts by the US to restrict China’s access to key US-made technologies.


Plan to launch Eurasian security ‘dialogue’

Russia and China agreed to strengthen security cooperation across Eurasia to counter US and Western influence. Lavrov said such a move had been put forward by Russian President Vladimir Putin, and that the two countries had agreed to “start a dialogue with the involvement of our other like-minded people on this issue.”

“For a long time, there was a Euro-Atlantic security structure in the form of NATO, of course, as well as the OSCE, but it is striking itself out from the list of relevant structures within which it is possible to conduct meaningful negotiations and agree on something based on a balance of interests,” Lavrov said.

Moscow and Beijing are planning on launching a “dialogue” on Eurasian security issues, but no further details were given.

Wang said NATO should not extend its activities in the Asia-Pacific region, according to Russian news agencies.

The two countries should “oppose hegemonism and power politics, oppose the monopoly of international affairs by a few countries,” he added.


What the West has said about China-Russia ties

China has faced increased pressure from Western nations to leverage its influence on Russia to end the war in Ukraine. The US has warned Beijing against providing indirect aid to Russia.

In Brussels last week, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken told reporters that “China continues to provide materials to support Russia’s defense industrial base.”

During a visit to China on Monday, US Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen warned of “significant consequences” for any Chinese
companies supporting Russia’s war in Ukraine.

Washington would not rule out tariffs on clean energy imports from China to protect its industry, she said.



RELATED: China to ‘strengthen strategic cooperation’ with Russia as Lavrov visits

In this photo released by Russian Foreign Ministry Press Service on Apr 8, 2024, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov (left) and Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi during their meeting in Beijing, China. (Photo: Russian Foreign Ministry
Published April 8,  2024

BEIJING: China’s top diplomat said on Tuesday (Apr 9) that Beijing would strengthen strategic cooperation with Moscow and that the two must stand on the side of “fairness and justice” as he met his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov.

Lavrov arrived in China for a two-day official visit on Monday, with the two countries looking to strengthen diplomatic ties as Russia’s war in Ukraine grinds on.

Russia and China have in recent years ramped up economic cooperation and diplomatic contacts, and their strategic partnership has only grown closer since the invasion of Ukraine.

But analysts say China holds the upper hand in the relationship with Russia, with its sway growing as Moscow’s international isolation deepens.

And in meetings on Tuesday, Foreign Minister Wang Yi promised: “China will support Russia’s stable development under the leadership of (Vladimir) Putin.”

“Beijing and Moscow will continue to strengthen strategic cooperation on the world stage and provide each other with strong support,” Wang said, according to the RIA Novosti news agency.

“Under the strong leadership of President Putin, the Russian people will have a bright future,” he said.





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