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Putin's China visit strengthens Sino-Russia bonds

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The President of Russia arrived in the People's Republic of China on a state visit at the invitation of President of China Xi Jinping on 8 June 2018. Chinese President treated his Russian counterpart to this visit as the neighboring giant forge closer ties in the face of US diplomatic and economic challenges. Putin, re-elected to his fourth Kremlin term in March, arrived at the grandiose Great Hall of the People in Beijing for talks with Xi.

The two heads of state reviewed a military honor guard and greeted flag-waving children during the welcome ceremony before receding into the vast building. The most powerful Russian and Chinese leaders in decades, Xi and Putin have built closer alliances, while US President Donald Trump has labeled both countries as economic rivals that challenge US interests and values.

But the sorry history lesson is that the American establishment has tremendous interests of its own only and to meddle into internal affairs of other sovereign and independent nations of the world, but the truth is that it does not possess any values that it boastfully says.

Xi and Putin have become soul mates who want to make their countries great again. Both share skepticism towards American hegemony and correctly distrust US intentions.

Xi Jinping is the man for Vladimir Putin and Putin highlights birthday party with good friend from China as sign of growing closenessChina is mired in tough negotiations with America to avoid a trade war, while Moscow has deep differences with Washington on multiple diplomatic fronts, including Syria and Ukraine.

Putin played up his bond with his good friend Xi in an interview with China's state international broadcaster CGTN this week. He also said the Chinese president was the only state leader to celebrate his birthday with him. According to Putin, "Xi is approachable and sincere.

He is also a very dependable man to work with." Many say China makes Russia look stronger and more relevant on the global stage.The relationship of China with America is volatile.  Russia allows China to show the US that it has other options in international negotiations.

It is a relationship with Russia more dependent on China than vice versa, especially in the economic sphere. As of 2016, almost one in five imports to Russia came from China, far above any other country, while its southern neighbor also bought almost 10 percent of Russia's exports, worth about $28 billion.

In comparison, China is currently locked in lengthy negotiations with the United States over the trade deficit while Washington increases pressure on its South China Sea claims, cooling previously cordial relations.

Despite their shared communist history, there was a huge amount of mistrust between China and Russia from the 1950s until recent years, but now ties have grown stronger under Putin and Xi.

There is also a strategic nature to the Russia-China partnership joining together to push back against the US and Europe in their respective spheres of influence. The Chinese side also went to Moscow to show Americans the close ties between the armed forces of China and Russia.

After the Beijing visit, Putin has joined Xi at a weekend summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) in the eastern Chinese city of Qingdao. China and Russia lead the regional security group, which includes former Soviet states and other new members India...Putin said, "The SCO had small objectives when it was founded two decades ago, but that it is now evolving into a larger global force."Iranian President Hassan Rowhani, whose country is an observer member of the organization, will also attend the summit at a time when China and Russia are seeking to save the Iran nuclear deal following Trump's withdrawal from the pact.

What if the US escalates confrontation and China does not bend or back off? A grand psychological struggle is under way, in which China's supreme confidence and unity under Xi Jinping is forcing the West to re-examine its assumption that self-criticism is a virtue. Trump's trade war threats and curbs on Chinese investments have only strengthened Xi Jinping's hi-tech ambitions.

As part of the state visit, the President of Russia had talks with the Chinese leadership to discuss the entire scope of Russia-China comprehensive partnership and strategic cooperation, as well as the most pressing issues on the international agenda. A number of bilateral documents will be signed following the talks.

Beijing and Moscow also look to promote their special relationship. Warmer ties between the two countries have been highly-publicized in Russian and Chinese state media in recent months, including an interview on Chinese state TV last week when Putin spoke glowingly of President Xi Jinping.

While the two countries are undoubtedly growing closer, there is also an element of unwarranted global propaganda at play. Both countries really use their relationship to showcase ... there is an alternative to the American hegemony and they have been doing that for a while even before Trump.

This closeness is aimed towards a global audience, not just Russian or Chinese viewers. Putin told the state broadcaster CCTV that he had never had such a relationship with another foreign leader.

The two leaders are expected to further cement their bond in the stands of an ice hockey match when they watch junior teams compete in Tianjin on 8 June.

As of 2016, almost one in five imports to Russia came from China, far above any other country, while its southern neighbor also bought almost 10 percent of Russia's exports, worth about $28 billion. In comparison, China is currently locked in lengthy negotiations with the United States over the trade deficit while Washington increases pressure on its South China Sea claims, cooling previously cordial relations.

Despite their shared communist history, there was a huge amount of mistrust between the two countries from the 1950s until recent years, but now ties have grown stronger under Putin and Xi.

There is also a strategic nature to the Russia-China partnership joining together to push back against the US and Europe in their respective spheres of influence. The Chinese side also went to Moscow to show Americans the close ties between the armed forces of China and Russia.

Concisely, Russian president Vladimir Putin's visit to China reflects strengthening of Sino-Russia ties amid US blackjack. It is a history-making summit for a new positive world-order. Many believe it will persist as an un-decomposed bespeak for the American establishment to come out from the wrong path which they have been pursuing unremittingly since the World War II.

Both Xi Jinping and Vladimir Putin hail all-time high in ties between them. So, the two countries relations are now at the best level in history. They also have been keen to highlight their new close relationship in the days to come.

The writer is a political
commentator and an author

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