China’s Xi Jinping and Russia’s Vladimir Putin have offered the world a demonstration of the old adage that “dictators of a feather flock together.”
The former rushed to the latter’s rescue since the Russian military is getting badly beaten in Moscow’s ongoing invasion of a democratic and pro-Western Ukraine.
Xi Labors to Prop Up Putin’s Failing Dictatorship
Communist China’s dictator Xi Jinping arrived for a three-day visit to Russia’s capital on Monday. He held talks with his fellow tyrant Vladimir Putin for two days straight, proclaiming some kind of an “emerging new global order” that would destroy “western hegemony.”
Xi’s visit to Moscow comes as, for the past 13 months, Russia’s military has been losing badly on all fronts in Ukraine. That’s after Putin decided to launch a full-fledged onslaught.
Against that backdrop, the biggest question remains as to how much Communist China would agree to support Moscow in the war in Ukraine. For instance, would it begin openly supplying Russia’s military with weapons and ammunition?
It isn’t hard to understand why both Xi and Putin would think it would be okay for them to come together and jointly pressure the West.
After all, they are pitting against the foreign policy and national security weakness routinely projected by Biden – starting with the loss of the war in Afghanistan and going all the way to leading Putin to think he could just invade countries at no cost whatsoever.
While everyone is distracted with Trump’s impending arrest, President Xi just called Putin his “dear friend.”
Thanks to Joe Biden, America is divided while our two strongest adversaries are now united.pic.twitter.com/QxtibcD9RF
— Collin Rugg (@CollinRugg) March 20, 2023
The "dear" friendship of China's Xi Jinping and Russia's Vladimir Putinhttps://t.co/KDVBU9Eyoe pic.twitter.com/HiephZiHHc
— BBC News (World) (@BBCWorld) March 21, 2023
Putin to Xi:
"We (Russians) are even a little jealous of you (Chinese)" when it comes to China establishing a very effective system of economy and state empowerment, much more effective than many other nations. pic.twitter.com/ujnoJ4ZN0S
— Pepe Escobar (@RealPepeEscobar) March 20, 2023
Japanese Move Counters China’s Support for Putin’s Russia
Communist Chinese leader Xi’s visit to Moscow began as both he and Putin published op-eds in Russian papers, attacking America and the West as a whole and vowing to beat down the western-led world order.
On the second day of his visit on Tuesday, Xi invited Putin to visit China whenever he might choose to do so later this year, Russia’s state-run news agency Tass reported, as cited by CNN.
Putin’s press secretary, Dmitry Peskov, told reporters in his morning briefing that the two eastern dictators would participate in a second round of talks on Tuesday afternoon. They will then attend a signing ceremony for joint deals and take part in a state dinner.
Peskov said Xi and Putin had a “thorough exchange of views,” with official press statements to come later in the day. On Monday, after the Russian president welcomed his Chinese counterpart in the Kremlin, the latter described the former as a “dear friend.”
On Monday, Putin declared Moscow had studied China’s proposals carefully and said there would be “an opportunity for discussing this matter.”
However, Antony Blinken, the US Secretary of State, slammed Xi’s visit to Russia as “proving diplomatic cover” for Putin’s illegal war against Ukraine.
In a surprise development on Tuesday that negated some of the impacts of Xi’s visit to Moscow, Japan’s Prime Minister Fumio Kishida made a surprise trip to the Ukrainian capital, Kyiv.
Kishida pledged Japanese support for Ukraine’s territorial integrity and security. Until now, Japan was the only G-7 nation whose leader hadn’t visited Ukraine just as it is fighting off Russia’s invasion.
WATCH: Xi Jinping's trip to Moscow to meet Russian President Vladimir Putin marks his most ambitious attempt yet as the Chinese president seeks to play a role in ending the war in Ukraine https://t.co/WsldoNmR8M pic.twitter.com/ZSzLuG8UKv
— Bloomberg (@business) March 21, 2023
Xi Jinping called Putin his "dear friend".
Look at Putin's face. pic.twitter.com/WYcLYnknvP
— Anton Gerashchenko (@Gerashchenko_en) March 20, 2023
This article appeared in The State Today and has been published here with permission.
These are the indicative estimates of Russia’s combat losses as of March 21, according to the Armed Forces of Ukraine. pic.twitter.com/CpNIAOKlma
— The Kyiv Independent (@KyivIndependent) March 21, 2023