[Epoch Times, September 16, 2022](Epoch Times reporter Wang Xiang comprehensive report) The situation has reversed, and the Russian army has just suffered heavy losses on the Ukrainian battlefield. described by the outside world,PutinThis time, “with the hat on”Xi Jinpingmeeting.
The leaders of China and Russia held a bilateral meeting on the sidelines of the SCO summit on Thursday (September 15). Al Jazeera reported that,PutinTrapped in Ukraine’s military quagmire, Western sanctions on Russia’s economy, and growing international isolation means he is now “with a hat” on him.Xi Jinpingmeet.
Analysts said that while Putin emphasized the importance of Asia in his opening remarks before the meeting as an alternative to the Western-dominated political and economic order, the Russian leader’s place in what he himself describes as a system Be a vassal, not a visionary leader.
Beijing has thrown an economic lifeline to Russia since its invasion of Ukraine drew economic sanctions from Western countries. At the same time, Beijing intends to become an alternative market for Russian goods and a major customer of cheap Russian energy.
Carlyle Thayer, an emeritus professor at UNSW Canberra, told Al Jazeera that Putin had little to turn to outside of Asia.
Before Putin and Xi met in Samarkand, Thayer had predicted a show of solidarity mixed with criticism of the West.
The reality, Thayer said, is that Putin is subordinate in his relationship with Xi, and he has to align himself with Xi and “put on a brave face.”
After the Ukrainian battlefield reversed and Ukraine regained most of the land occupied by the Russian army, the outside world is speculating that Xi Jinping will choose to stay closer to Putin or remain selfish and neutral.
The Wall Street Journal also quoted analysts as saying that Russia’s recent military setback in Ukraine has given Xi Jinping the upper hand in dealing with Russia, and Putin may ask Xi for additional economic aid to help fend off sanctions.
The report predicts Putin may seek to push for a deal with China on the Power of Siberia 2 project, a gas pipeline capable of transporting Russian gas to China, during a meeting with Xi. Negotiations around the project have largely stalled.
Last week, at the Eastern Economic Forum held in Vladivostok, a port city in Russia’s Far East, Putin met with Li Zhanshu, the third-ranking figure in the CCP and chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress. The parameters of the pipeline protocol are agreed upon.
In addition, Russia may also ask Beijing to provide certain high-tech products, such as advanced chips, but the CCP has been careful to avoid getting involved in Western sanctions against Russia, and may not provide chips.
Russian presidential aide told the media before the meeting that the two top leaders would discuss in detailukraine war. So far, Xi Jinping has been very careful not to speak out publicly on Ukraine.
This may have something to do with the experience of his close political ally Li Zhanshu. Li Zhanshu’s visit to Russia from the 7th to the 10th is regarded as paving the way for the General Conference. Before the meeting, a video of Li Zhanshu meeting with the President of the Russian State Duma was uploaded on the Internet.
Li Zhanshu publicly stated that Beijing understands Russia’s attack on Ukraine and will “cooperate from different aspects.”
This statement is regarded as Beijing’s most powerful statement of support to Moscow so far, but it did not appear in the official Chinese announcement, but the Russian announcement included this part of the content.
Li Zhanshu’s speech aroused widespread public attention.
White House spokesman John Kirby said in an interview with CNN on Thursday that no country should “stand idly by” over the situation in Ukraine.
“This is not the time for any kind of deal with Putin,” he said.
For Mr. Xi, his first foreign trip in nearly three years marks a resurgence in diplomacy ahead of the October party congress, when he is on track for an exceptional third term, The Washington Post reported on Thursday.
However, Xi is unlikely to offer Putin more concrete support. Doing so could face a pushback from the West, exacerbating mounting domestic challenges, including a slowing Chinese economy, a housing crisis and public dissatisfaction with the draconian COVID-19 zero policy.
Beijing is seen as likely to continue its wall-riding approach, providing diplomatic support to Russia in a partnership aimed at countering the Washington-dominated international order, while also complying with Western sanctions.
Responsible editor: Li Yuan#