The world is currently undergoing significant changes that have not been seen in a century, including heightened geopolitical turbulence, increasing confrontation between unilateralism and multi-polarity, an unprecedented pandemic, and the ongoing Russia-Ukraine crisis.
According to the Chinese Foreign Ministry, against this backdrop, Chinese President Xi Jinping and his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, will meet in Moscow from March 20-22 to discuss the China-Russia comprehensive strategic partnership of coordination, exchange views on major international and regional issues, and advance practical cooperation between the two countries.
China has just completed the annual sessions of its national legislature and top advisory body, during which the Chinese government announced its 2023 GDP goal of approximately 5 percent, a figure that many believe is conservative given the rapid recovery of China’s economic activities. China has also recently brokered a peace deal between Saudi Arabia and Iran, successfully promoting the resumption of their diplomatic relations.
As China restarts its economy, a significant driver of the struggling global economy, and plays a more active role in global politics, the international community is eagerly anticipating the meeting between the Chinese and Russian presidents.
Xi’s upcoming state visit to Russia is his first foreign trip since assuming his third term as Chinese president earlier this month, and it is also his first visit to Russia since the start of the Russia-Ukraine conflict in February 2022. According to Wang Wenbin, spokesperson for the Chinese Foreign Ministry, the visit will deepen mutual trust and understanding between the two countries and promote peace.