Russia, China push back against US in pre-Olympics summit

Russia, China push back against US in pre-Olympics summit

The leaders of Russia and China on Friday announced their opposition to any expansion of NATO against US pressure and confirmed that the island of Taiwan is part of China, as they met hours before the start of the Winter Olympics in Beijing.

Russia’s Vladimir Putin and China’s Xi Jinping issued a joint statement highlighting what it called “interference in the internal affairs” of other states, as the two leaders faced criticism of Washington over their foreign and domestic policies. have to face.

“Some of the minority-representing forces on the world stage continue to advocate a one-sided approach to solving international problems and resort to military policy,” it read in a slightly oblique reference to the US and its allies.

Both leaders are looking to present themselves as countermeasures to the US-led bloc, as China shows support for Moscow in its dispute with Ukraine that threatens to break out in an armed conflict.

China and Russia are committed to “deepening one-on-one strategic cooperation”, Xi told Putin. “This is a strategic decision that has far-reaching implications for China, Russia and the world,” Xi said, according to official Xinhua news agency.

Facing a “complex and evolving international situation”, the two sides “strongly support each other”, calling Xi Jinping a “regional security threat” and “international strategic stability”, directly naming the US Without.

Putin is the highest-profile guest at the Beijing Games after the US, Britain and others decided not to send officials to protest China’s human rights abuses and its treatment of Uighurs and other Muslim minorities.

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