Red carpet for Xi Jinping

Thursday, 6 June, 2019 - 21:48

Chinese leader Xi Jinping's visit to Moscow is one of the central themes of the international departments of the Western media on 6 June. In general, they apprehensively appreciated the warmth of the past talks, timed to coincide with the anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Russia and China.

According to the Wall Street Journal, "Russia rolled out a red carpet."

The Chinese leader brought over a thousand Chinese officials and businessmen to Moscow, and this is taking place against the backdrop of the very recent arrest in Russia of a major American investor, Michael Calvey, whom the publication calls “a veteran of a US private investment management company.

The state visit coincides with the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum, which begins on Thursday, and underlines Moscow’s hopes that it can increase investment from China, since the country's economic growth leaves much to be desired.

Xi Jinping called Russian President Vladimir Putin "the closest friend" among all the other world leaders.

Both leaders said they intend to deepen political and military cooperation, and the companies of the two countries signed a number of agreements.

The West sees the unprecedented rapid development of relations between Russia and China as a problem, since the establishment of ever closer ties between the two countries in politics and economics takes place against the background of the acute contradictions of Beijing and Washington in the trade sphere. The fact that the visit of the giant Chinese delegation coincides with the SPIEF indicates the possibility of the Russian and Chinese representatives to discuss in detail and in depth the political and economic ties between the two countries.