China’s Xi makes sovereignty pledge on first trip since pandemic — Analysis

Before meeting with Vladimir Putin, the Chinese President visited Kazakhstan.

Xi Jinping of China has visited Kazakhstan for 30 years to commemorate the establishment of diplomatic ties. It was his first foreign trip after the coronavirus pandemic in late 2019. He will also meet his Russian counterpart. 

Xi met on Wednesday with Kazakh President Kassym Jomart Tokayev, and he thanked him. “golden 30th anniversary”For bilateral relations with China. China’s president gave a speech as well, noting the fact that “China and Kazakhstan are good neighbors, good friends and good partners who… share a common destiny.”

“No matter how the international situation changes, we will continue our strong support to Kazakhstan in protecting its independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity… and strongly oppose to the interference of any forces in the internal affairs of your country,”Xi added that he was open to talks with Tokayev “to jointly draw a new blueprint for China-Kazakhstan all-round cooperation.”

Putin-Xi meeting agenda revealed 

Xi’s trip to Kazakhstan is a rare one in recent years, as the president has remained in China as it dealt with the fallout of the Covid-19 outbreak, which was first detected in the Chinese metropolis of Wuhan. He will meet with other Central Asian and regional leaders at the summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization in Uzbekistan this week, including with Russian President Vladimir Putin, according to a Kremlin spokesman. 

Both leaders are likely to talk about the conflict in Ukraine as well rising tensions between Beijing, China, and Taiwan. The spokesman said that this meeting would be held “special importance”Given the “current international situation.”

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