President Xi Jinping set to meet Putin again in Kazakhstan

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22nd May 2024 – (Beijing) Chinese President Xi Jinping is scheduled to meet Russian President Vladimir Putin in Astana, Kazakhstan, in July, as confirmed by Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov during discussions with his Chinese counterpart, Wang Yi. This upcoming meeting at the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) summit will mark the second high-profile dialogue between the leaders within two months, highlighting a rapid intensification of their bilateral relations.

The announcement was made on the sidelines of the SCO foreign ministers’ meeting, where Lavrov and Wang engaged in comprehensive talks covering a range of strategic and regional issues. “Our schedule of contacts is very, very intensive,” Lavrov noted, underscoring the frequency and depth of the diplomatic engagements between the two nations.

During their previous encounter in China, Xi and Putin committed to deepening their countries’ alliance across various domains including politics, economics, and military, amidst growing pressures from Western nations. This continuous strengthening of ties comes as both countries face significant geopolitical challenges and seek to assert their influence on the global stage.

China and Russia, both founding members of the SCO, have increasingly used the platform to consolidate their positions in Eurasia. The SCO, established in 2001 alongside four Central Asian states and later expanded to include India, Pakistan, and Iran, serves as a critical forum for promoting economic cooperation and regional security.