Illustration photo – Chinese President Xi Jinping (right) and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin before a meeting in Beijing, February 4, 2022.
Beijing/Moscow – During his planned visit to Russia, Chinese President Xi Jinping is likely to discuss circumventing Western anti-Russian sanctions with Russian President Vladimir Putin. This was stated by the American Institute for the Study of War in its latest report on the development of the war in Ukraine. According to the Chinese Foreign Ministry, Xi Jinping is scheduled to arrive in Russia at the beginning of next week.
According to American analysts, the Chinese president apparently intends to talk with Putin and other Russian officials about schemes to circumvent sanctions that will support the export of Chinese goods to Russia. The institute said that, according to the media, Chinese companies have already sold Russians rifles, parts of drones and other equipment that can be used for military purposes.
According to American analysts, Chinese products could flow to Russia via Belarus. According to them, Xi Jinping already signed a package of agreements with Belarusian leader Alexander Lukashenko on March 1, which would facilitate the export of Chinese goods to Russia.
Xi Jinping will also probably try to portray China as a neutral country that could mediate negotiations between Russia and Ukraine, analysts believe. On the anniversary of Russia's invasion of Ukraine on February 24, Beijing presented a twelve-point plan to end the war. Among other things, he urged both countries to refrain from attacks on the civilian population, called for the establishment of humanitarian corridors, but also for the end of Western sanctions against Russia.
According to the Kremlin's announcement on Friday, Putin and Xi will sign a declaration during the upcoming visit, which will mark the beginning of a “new era” of Russian-Chinese relations.