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Chinese Defense Minister to Visit Russia and Belarus in Show of Support Sespite West’s Objections

China's Defense Minister Gen. Li Shangfu speaks to Russian President Vladimir Putin and Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu during their meeting at the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia, on April 16, 2023. (Pavel Bednyakov, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP, File)
China’s Defense Minister Gen. Li Shangfu speaks to Russian President Vladimir Putin and Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu during their meeting at the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia, on April 16, 2023. (Pavel Bednyakov, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP, File)

Chinese Defense Minister Li Shangfu is visiting Russia and Belarus in a show of support for those nations which the West has sought to isolate over Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

Li departed Monday on the six-day trip, during which he will deliver an address at the Moscow Conference on International Security and meet with defense leaders from Russia and other nations, the Defense Ministry said on its social media account, citing spokesperson Col. Wu Qian.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov is due to speak at the conference on the topic of the “Majority World countries’ search for ways to development outside Western mechanisms, including strengthening multilateral associations of a new type,” Russia’s official TASS news agency reported.

It said representatives from about 100 countries and eight international organizations had been invited to attend.

The would “discuss various aspects of security in the conditions of the establishment of a multipolar world order, ways to restore constructive international cooperation in the context of aggressive claims by Euro-Atlantic elites for world domination,” it said, quoting the Russian Foreign Ministry spokesperson as saying.

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