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Chinese Official: Willing to Work with Russia to Promote a New ‘International Order’

Russian President Vladimir Putin shakes hands with his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping. (Reuters/Evgenia Novozhenina/Pool)
Russian President Vladimir Putin shakes hands with his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping. (Reuters/Evgenia Novozhenina/Pool)

A top Chinese official said that his country will continue its partnership with Russia in the hopes of creating a new international order that will rival western influence.

“The Chinese side is willing to work with the Russian side to continuously implement high-level strategic cooperation between the two countries, safeguard common interests and promote the development of the international order in a more just and reasonable direction,” Director of the Office of the Foreign Affairs Commission of the Communist Party of China Central Committe Yang Jiechi said Monday, according to Bloomberg.

The comments come amid Russia’s ongoing war with neighboring Ukraine, which has resulted in international outrage and an effort by many western governments to sanction Russia and cut off its influence around the globe.

But the international influence campaign has seemingly brought Russia and China closer together, with Chinese President Xi Jinping set to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin later this week in Xi’s first foreign trip since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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