The meeting between the two leaders has been hailed by China as an opportunity to open “a new chapter of China-Russia friendship.” Putin, meanwhile, welcomed Xi’s plan for “settlement of the acute crisis in Ukraine.”
“My upcoming visit to Russia will be a journey of friendship, cooperation and peace,” Xi said in a statement announcing his trip. “I look forward to working with President Putin to jointly adopt a new vision, a new blueprint and new measures for the growth of China-Russia comprehensive strategic partnership of coordination in the years to come.”
China’s foreign ministry said Xi will be in Russia from Monday to Wednesday but did not offer other details on the trip, like what the two leaders may discuss. The Kremlin said Friday the leaders will discuss “pressing issues related to the future of relations of comprehensive partnership and strategic interaction between Russia and China.”
China called for a cease-fire between Russia and Ukraine last month and released a 12-point plan in finding a resolution for the conflict. The plan includes ending hostilities, resuming peace talks and addressing the humanitarian crisis the war created.
The Biden administration has fiercely opposed China’s push for a ceasefire, with Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Monday accusing Xi of providing “diplomatic cover” to Putin during the visit.
The Future of Defense: The Next Frontier for Military Flight
Thursday, March 23, 2-3 p.m. ET
While Congress debates President Biden’s 2024 budget, and the defense spending within it, The Hill will bring together policymakers, Pentagon officials and experts on the defense industrial base for a discussion on the next frontier of military flight technology. Join Senate Armed Services member Sen. Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.), chair of the House Tactical Air and Land Forces Subcommittee Rep. Rob Wittman (R-Va.), Air Force Secretary Frank Kendall, Istari founder & CEO Dr. Will Roper and John Venable, senior fellow for defense policy at The Heritage Foundation, in conversation with The Hill’s Bob Cusack.
Chinese President Xi Jinping is set to travel to Moscow next week to hold talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin – his first visit to Russia since Kremlin troops invaded Ukraine. The March 20 to 22 visit, also Xi’s first foreign trip since winning a third term as president, is seen by the West as a show of Beijing’s support for Moscow in its ailing war against Kyiv. Much speculation has …
The United States will send Ukraine another $350 million in military assistance including more missiles and air defense ammunition, the Biden administration announced Monday. The lethal aid package includes more ammunition for High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems (HIMARS) and howitzers, as well as ammunition for Bradley Infantry Fighting Vehicles, High-speed Anti-radiation missiles, anti-tank weapons …
Former Vice President Mike Pence on Sunday said that he would respect a court’s decision regarding his testimony in front of the federal grand jury investigating former President Trump’s role in the Jan. 6, 2021 rioting at the Capitol, saying he was not asserting executive privilege to block it.
Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin and Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Milley will head to Capitol Hill to testify on the fiscal 2024 budget request on Thursday.
Secretary of State Antony Blinken is set to testify to several House committees to talk about his department priorities on Thursday.
VA Secretary Denis McDonough will appear before the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee on Thursday to speak on veteran programming needs.
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