China’s Xi heaps praise on “best friend” Putin in Russia

Jun 06, 2019, 2:15 AM EDT
The warming ties between China and Russia could be viewed as a result of their alienation from the West and especially the U.S.
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China’s President Xi Jinping, who is on a three-day visit to Russia, on Wednesday lauded his Russian counterpart and “best friend” Vladimir Putin, as he seeks to forge stronger trade and bilateral ties with Moscow amid an ongoing trade war with the U.S.

Putin reciprocated Jinping’s praise by expressing his pleasure over the “unprecedented” Russian-Chinese relations and strategic cooperation, notes the BBC. The warming ties between the two countries could be viewed as a result of their alienation from the West and especially the U.S.

Moscow, which was sanctioned for its involvement in the Ukraine conflict five years ago, continues to take opposing stand from the West in Syria. China fell out of favor with the U.S. as the Trump administration promotes economic national protectionism and has slapped a raft of tariffs on Chinese imports.

Experts say that Russia views China as the “lesser of two devils,” the other option being to reconciliate with the West and undergo internal reform for economic progress, writes Al Jazeera.

 

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