Xi Jinping defends Sino-Russian trade during meeting with Polish President in Beijing

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President of Poland, Andrzej Duda and First lady of Poland, Agata Kornhauser-Duda arrived in Beijing.

25th June 2024 – (Beijing) Chinese President Xi Jinping met with Polish President Andrzej Duda in Beijing, where he staunchly defended China’s trading relations with Russia. In the face of international scrutiny, Xi reiterated China’s neutral stance on the Ukraine crisis, advocating for peace talks and a political resolution. The meeting highlighted China’s opposition to what it perceives as attempts to tarnish its reputation by linking its normal trade practices with geopolitical conflicts.

President Xi emphasised the importance of de-escalating tensions and cooling down the situation to foster conditions conducive to peace negotiations. “China is willing to continue to play a constructive role in our own way towards a political settlement of the Ukrainian crisis,” Xi stated during discussions broadcasted by state media CCTV.

The dialogue, which also touched upon the strengthening of Sino-Polish relations, comes at a critical time for Duda, who is navigating his final term amid the complex geopolitical landscape shaped by Ukraine’s proximity and the ongoing war. Despite Poland’s robust support for Kyiv and concerns over Beijing’s ties with Moscow, Duda took a pragmatic stance, focusing on enhancing bilateral relations, particularly in trade, agriculture, and digital economy sectors.

Moreover, Xi called for increased bilateral coordination under the Belt and Road Initiative, highlighting the China-Europe Railway Express as a key component of this strategy. In a move to bolster agricultural trade, China pledged to open its markets further to Polish products and also announced a 15-day visa-free entry policy for Polish nationals.

The leaders also witnessed the signing of several bilateral agreements, reinforcing the multi-dimensional cooperation between the two nations.