how Xi Jinping gains ascendancy over Vladimir Putin

Xi Jinping and Vladimir Putin, during the 11th Brics summit, in November 2019, in Brasilia.
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DECRYPTION – The Chinese leader, who welcomes his Russian counterpart, does not intend to be drawn into his warlike headlong rush.

Special envoy to Shanghai

Xi Jinping will have saved the best for last. The Chinese president welcomes his “old friend”Vladimir Putin in Beijing, just ten days after distributing smiles to Emmanuel Macron at the Élysée, as the culmination of his intense spring European diplomatic sequence. This two-day state visit in honor of the Russian president freshly “re-elected”must reaffirm the solidity of the “limitless partnership” woven between the two strong men on the eve of the war in Ukraine, casting a harsh light on the inclination of the second world power which cloaks itself in a facade of neutrality. After his visit to Serbia, then to Viktor Orban’s Hungary, Xi once again displays his distrust of the West, while Joe Biden accentuates the trade war with the Asian giant.

In the Great Hall of the People, the two leaders will discuss their “global partnership and their strategic cooperation”, according to the Kremlin, with the will…

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