China and Russia to ‘steadily advance’ ties amidst Ukraine conflict

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China and Russia prioritized the two countries’ ties as the war in Ukraine shows no sign of an end.

Foreign Minister Qin Gang believes China must strengthen ties with Russia as the world gets more turbulent.

Tuesday, Qin told reporters at a legislative meeting in Beijing that the foundation of China-Russia ties was the close interactions between Xi Jinping and Vladimir Putin.

In light of the conflict in Ukraine, Qin maintained the deep connection that exists between China and Russia. The relationship between Beijing and Moscow “set an example for global foreign relations,” he said.

“With China and Russia working together, the world will have a driving force. The more unstable the world becomes the more imperative it is for China and Russia to steadily advance their relations,” said Qin.

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“Close contact” exists between the leadership of the two countries, he added, with “head of state” relations forming the anchor of the relationship.

“The strategic partnership … will surely grow from strength to strength,” Qin said.

‘An invisible hand’

On Tuesday, the Kremlin said the war in Ukraine was being driven by the United States and applauded China’s expanding diplomacy.

“Such a large, gigantic, powerful and authoritative country like China cannot but have its own voice on the issues that are high on the world agenda,” said Russian presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov.

“We pay great attention to all the considerations that we hear from Beijing from our colleagues,” he added, addressing China’s plan for a peaceful settlement in Ukraine.

Prior to this, Qin spoke of “an invisible hand” in Ukraine that was in command of the conflict without naming any one country. Peskov, though, was more blunt in his comments.

“This is the hand of the United States of America … Washington does not want this war to end, Washington wants and will do everything to continue this war. This is the visible hand,” he said.