Xi Jinping And Vladimir Putin Meeting: A total of 21 world leaders are expected to attend the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games. However, Putin is the first foreign leader to confirm his presence at Friday's inauguration.
Chinese President Xi Jinping and Russian President Vladimir Putin are meeting in Beijing today as tensions between Russia and Ukraine have reached a tipping point. This visit is expected to be important in many ways.
Russian President Vladimir Putin will attend the opening ceremony of the Beijing Winter Olympics today. The meeting between the presidents of the two superpowers comes at a time when tensions with the West have risen over the Ukraine issue.
Xi Jinping is hosting a world leader for the first time in almost two years. A face-to-face meeting was also held between the two. A senior Kremlin adviser told a news conference on Wednesday that Xi Jinping and Putin would meet in the Chinese capital. The two leaders will consider each other's views on security and other issues before issuing a joint statement. The two leaders will then attend the opening ceremony of the Olympics on Friday evening.
Rising tensions with the West during the Ukraine crisis have strengthened ties between the world's largest nation and the most populous country.
A total of 21 world leaders are expected to attend the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games. However, Putin is the first foreign leader to confirm his presence at Friday's inauguration.
In a phone conversation with Xi Jinping in December, he praised Russia's model relations with Beijing. Putin has called his Chinese counterpart his "dear friend."
China has also called on the United States to respect Russia's security concerns over Ukraine.
Russia is seeking support after deploying one million troops near the Ukrainian border. Russia's aggression has prompted Western nations to warn of an attack on Ukraine and to face "serious consequences" in response to any Russian attack.
At the same time, it should not be forgotten that after the establishment of the communist regime in 1949, China received strong support from the Soviet Union.
After the end of the Cold War in the 1990's, relations returned to normal. Russia and China also worked together on trade, military and geopolitical issues.