Xi Jinping, the leader of communist China, arrived in Moscow on Monday morning to meet up with Russian President Vladimir Putin on what Beijing has lauded as a "mission of peace."
This particular visit highlighted the strengthening ties between the two large nations and takes place just as Xi announced that he is attempting to work out a peace deal between Ukraine and Russia. The U.S. has opposed the ceasefire asked for by Xi and highlighted numerous concerns that this supposed Beijing-brokered peace agreement would end up being heavily one-sided in favor of Russia, which invaded Ukraine just about a year ago.
"I am very glad, at the invitation of President Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin, to come back to the land of our close neighbor," stated Xi, as reported to TASS, the Russian-state-run news service. "I am sure my visit will be fruitful."
Directly after touching down, Xi was met on a red carpet as a large military band started to play the anthems of both countries. Xi spoke out about a "new era" and stated that his first state visit to Russia since the inception of the war would end up giving "new momentum" to the relations between the nations. This visit marks the strongest show of support from China when it comes to Russia since the start of the war back on February 24, 2022.
Xi was originally slated to talk informally with Putin on Monday prior to a formal dinner, then hold peace negotiations as of Tuesday. The U.S., along with the rest of NATO members, are watching this visit very close, and Russia is now lauding it as an example of evidence that it holds a trump card ally as it has become entirely isolated from the western world.
Xi has also reportedly reached out a hand to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, although details about that topic were quite unclear. Qin Gang, the Chinese Foreign Minister, took time to speak to Dmytro Kuleba, his Ukrainian counterpart, as part of a phone call this past week.
John Kirby, the spokesman for the U.S. National Security Council, explained to reporters this past week that the Biden administration thinks that a ceasefire would only wind up hurting Ukraine in the long run.
"While that sounds perfectly reasonable and it sounds like a good thing, a ceasefire right now would basically ratify Russia’s conquest. Russia would basically be free to use that ceasefire to further entrench its positions in Ukraine, to rebuild their forces, refit them, re-man them, retrain them so that they can then restart attacks at a time of their choosing."