Chinese President Xi Jinping and Russian President Vladimir Putin issued a joint statement on Tuesday with plans to strengthen bilateral ties, signaling a united front against the US and other western countries.
After he met his Russian counterpart, President Xi said at a joint news conference that China will continue to push for “peace and dialogue,” urging Moscow and Ukraine to resume talks.
President Putin added that the “12-point peace plan” proposed by China could serve as the foundation for a resolution to the Russia-Ukraine war, although he believes that Ukraine and the West do not seem ready to engage at this time.
Both leaders also agreed to strengthen bilateral cooperation, in nine fields including that of logistics and trade, through to 2030.
Additionally, Putin also told the press that both countries have essentially agreed on the construction of a second gas pipeline from Russia to China that aims to transport 98 billion cubic meters of natural gas to China by 2030, reports Nikkei Asia.
These measures have come after extensive sanctions have been put on Russia by the European market, after Russia’s over a-year-long invasion of Ukraine.
The leaders also discussed the tense ongoing situation of Taiwan, with Putin saying that Russia acknowledges Taiwan as an alienable part of China. He also opposed Taiwan’s want for independence and expressed his support in favor of China’s actions toward protecting its sovereignty and territorial integrity.