This week, a top Chinese official said that China is willing to work with Russia to establish a new world order that will work “in a more just and reasonable direction.”
American Military News reports:
Yang Jiechi, the director of the Office of the Foreign Affairs Commission of the Communist Party of China (CCP) Central Committee, met with outgoing Russian Ambassador to China in Beijing Andrey Denisov on Monday, the Chinese state-run CGTN news service reported.
“The Chinese side is willing to work with the Russian side to continuously implement high-level strategic cooperation between the two countries, safeguard common interests and promote the development of the international order in a more just and reasonable direction,” Yang said, according to a Foreign Ministry statement obtained by Bloomberg.
Yang’s comment comes as Chinese leader Xi Jinping is set to meet Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin in Samarkand, Uzbekistan on Thursday and Friday. Uzbekistan is hosting a summit for the Shanghai Cooperation Organization this week.
Xi’s travel to Kazakhstan and then Uzbekistan will mark his first foreign trip since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020. The meeting between Xi and Putin will also be the first event together since Russia invaded Ukraine in February.