Handelsblatt called the talks between Putin and Xi Jinping a signal to the West

The upcoming meeting between Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chinese President Xi Jinping has a symbolic meaning and will be a signal to the West. The Russian and Chinese leaders will meet as part of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) summit, writes the German newspaper Handelsblatt.
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Xi Jinping has not left China for more than two years, and the fact that his first trip abroad is to meet Putin is seen as a sign of Russia’s support, the publication notes.

It is expected that on September 15 and 16, the heads of state will discuss the prospects for bilateral cooperation in the economic sphere, as well as joint opposition to the West. In particular, the dialogue may concern the formation of a duo to counter Western countries, according to a material published on September 8.

On September 8, Assistant to the President of the Russian Federation for International Affairs Yuri Ushakov said that active preparations were underway for the meeting between Vladimir Putin and Xi Jinping. He also drew attention to the important nature of the upcoming negotiations.

According to Chinese experts interviewed by Izvestia, Xi Jinping’s decision to travel abroad for the first time since the start of the coronavirus pandemic on the eve of the most important domestic political event – the 20th Congress of the Communist Party – indicates the Chinese leader’s confidence that there is no way to decide on his re-election for a third term. no obstacles.

The SCO summit will be held on September 15 and 16 in Samarkand, Uzbekistan. All the leaders of the member states of the organization have already confirmed their participation. As early as July 29, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said that the summit would adopt an agreement to expand the possibilities of using national currencies in mutual trade. In addition, Lavrov pointed out that there was a certain consensus in the SCO regarding the accession of Belarus to it as a full member.

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