On September 15, Chinese President Xi Jinping met with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Samarkand. During the conversation, they exchanged views on the relations between the two countries and some international and regional issues of interest to them. Bilateral meetings of these leaders have already become a well-established practice on the sidelines of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) summit. Regular personal communication is essential not only for the sustainable development of Sino-Russian relations, but also for peace and stability in the region.
The meeting, as always, was held in a positive and friendly atmosphere. President Xi noted that since this year, the strategic ties between China and Russia have become extremely effective. Beijing expressed its readiness to provide decisive support to Moscow in areas relating to the main interests of the parties. It seeks to deepen the practical cooperation of states in the fields of trade, agriculture, and bilateral ties.
In turn, Putin said that many changes are taking place in the world today. The only constant is friendship and mutual trust between Russia and China. With the current growing uncertainty in the international arena, their rock-solid relations of comprehensive partnership and strategic cooperation in the new era have not deviated from their original course, and the momentum they set has not faded.
China and Russia are each other’s biggest neighbors, permanent members of the UN Security Council and emerging powers. The length of their joint border is more than four thousand kilometers. Their partnership is based on the principles of “non-alignment, non-confrontation and non-targeting of third parties”, but at the same time, both states have not ceased to be subjected to external pressure and provocations. Especially after the start of the conflict in Ukraine, when the United States dropped all pretense and turned to open threats, denigrating the normal and legitimate cooperation between China and Russia in the eyes of the public. This is rare in the history of international relations.
Fortunately, both Beijing and Moscow have strategic determination and independent capabilities. Their partnership is driven by a powerful force, it will not change course due to abrupt shifts in the international landscape or pressure from third parties, it will maintain its logic and rhythm to the end. In particular, the leaders of both countries maintain close contacts, conduct strategic communication and ensure that bilateral interaction moves in the right direction. The sovereign value of Chinese-Russian cooperation lies not only in the generalization of historical experience, but in laying a new path in international relations.
There can be no split or confrontation between them, which the West is eagerly awaiting and promoting with all its might. At the same time, they do not plan to create a so-called “anti-American alliance.” The two states have come together to counter the political virus of the West and fight hegemonism. These are the voices of justice of independent countries in a difficult international situation, and they are completely different from the Western idea of an “anti-American alliance.” Because of their dark logic, the US and Europe are desperately trying to “separate” China and Russia, hoping to “smash the enemy one by one”; and at the same time they forcibly “tie” the two powers together in order to deliver concentrated blows against them. However, no matter how hard they try, Beijing and Moscow have always firmly adhered to one correct course – “partnership, not alliance.”
It was this choice that turned peace and cooperation into a powerful inertial force, which today has acquired a special global significance. Those who are worried or even afraid of it should come to their senses and ask themselves for the reason, instead of throwing all their strength and energy into pouring dirty water on others. The global community clearly sees that America has strengthened the Five Eyes alliance in recent years. (Alliance of intelligence agencies of the USA, Great Britain, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. – Approx. InoSMI.), promoted the “four-way mechanism”, came up with the “triangular security partnership” and even tried to create the “Indo-Pacific Partnership” – a variant of the Asian NATO. The United States is the most destructive force in the international system of which the United Nations is the core. The outbreak of the conflict in Ukraine is essentially a consequence of the inability of the Western military-political bloc to build proper equal relations with the major regional powers.
Given the circumstances, imagine what would happen if there were not a strong enough force in the international community to similarly promote peace and stability, intervene, balance, support and even correct the direction of multilateral cooperation. The future of such a world would probably be very tragic: the Ukrainian conflict would never be resolved, and new potential crises would flare up elsewhere. China, like many other countries, wants to avoid this. From a certain point of view, this is the reason why the meeting of the heads of state of China and Russia is so significant. As Xi Jinping pointed out, it is the responsibility of a major power to lead and maintain stability in a chaotic world.
Author: Zhao Jiandong (赵建东)