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Putin to push growing Moscow-Beijing trade in Chinas northeast

Published : Saturday, 18 May, 2024 at 12:00 AM  Count : 362

Putin to push growing Moscow-Beijing trade in Chinas northeast

Putin to push growing Moscow-Beijing trade in Chinas northeast

BEIJING, May 17: After sealing pledges of a "new era" of strategic partnership with Chinas Xi Jinping, Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday is set to highlight the growing importance of trade near the Russian border in Chinas northeast.

Putin ends his two-day, red-carpet visit to China in Harbin in Heilongjiang province, which has long-running trade and cultural ties to Russia, touring a Russian-China Expo and a forum on interregional cooperation.

Facing political isolation and Western sanctions over Russias two-year-old invasion of Ukraine, Putin is increasingly turning to China to support its war economy.

Amid the pomp of a full state visit, Putin and Xi signed a joint statement on Thursday that hailed the "new era", countering the US across a sweep of security and economic issues and a shared global view.

"The China-Russia relationship today is hard-earned, and the two sides need to cherish and nurture it," Xi told Putin. "China is willing to... jointly achieve the development and rejuvenation of our respective countries, and work together to uphold fairness and justice in the world."

The joint statement fleshes out the "no limits" partnership the two declared in February 2022, days before Putin sent tens of thousands of troops into neighbouring Ukraine, launching the deadliest land war in Europe since World War Two.

Beijing is helping Moscows war effort by providing drone and missile technology, satellite imagery and machine tools, US officials said last month, although China says it has not provided weaponry to any party.    —REUTERS






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