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Russia and China: the trend towards convergence
In March, the fifth Rebellion of the Empire of the New Order took place in the Middle Kingdom
In March, after the quite predictable appointment of Xi Jinping, his world tour began. And it began with a visit to our country, which caused a fair wrath of Zbigniew Brzezinski who in his interview 15 March, before the visit of the Chinese leader to Russia, expressed surprise and annoyance over the fact that Xi Jinping chose Russia for the first time for the international visit.
The negative reaction of the United States is dictated in part by the fact that China and Russia already find a common language on enough points of international policy, and therefore the States in no way want to allow the possibility of forming a political alliance of these two countries, let alone let them rise Russian-Chinese dialogue on a level with the US-Chinese dialogue.
Nevertheless, this first trip was used by Russia in order to turn relations with China into a strategic partnership, which, according to Brzezinski, could only be possible thanks to the initiative of China. Washington interpreted this political move by China as a kind of US challenge.
By the time C arrived, they prepared themselves in advance, planned it by the hour, paying special attention to the necessary rituals, such as the organization of an honor guard meeting guests at the Kremlin, as well as a solemn meeting at the airport with a military band, etc. In this way, we wanted to emphasize the respectful attitude to the Chinese delegation .
Obviously, in addition to the necessary ceremonies, the signing of a number of documents was prepared and timed for the arrival of Chinese guests. In total, it was possible to sign 35 bilateral agreements. We are talking about the supply of various types of raw materials from Russia to China, and about the supply of arms, and various investment projects, often in the most unexpected areas, for example in the field of rabbit breeding.
As a result of the signing of agreements with the PRC, the supply of Russian oil to China will actually triple. In addition, the countries signed the first contract for gas supplies, and immediately for 60 billion cubic meters. m per year, which is, in fact, a value equal to half of the volumes that Gazprom supplies to Europe at present.
In addition, the real challenge for the United States and Europe was the fact that Xi Jinping visited the Operational Management Center of the Armed Forces of the Russian Army. This was the first time that no foreign delegation had been admitted to the secret part of the Russian army.
The result of the meetings were also contracts for significant amounts on the supply of Russian weapons to China.
The first "first lady"
Not surprisingly, the attention of the Chinese was riveted on the course of Xi Jinping’s first official visit to Russia. Many meetings were broadcast live, including even an hour-long lecture that Xi Jinping gave to MGIMO students.
Now, in Beijing’s fashion stores you can find a black coat with two rows of buttons and an azure scarf tied exactly as it was on Liyuan when you left the plane that landed in Russia.
These photos - Xi Jinping with his wife, rather than traditional photos of meetings and handshakes with President Vladimir Putin - were put on the front pages of Chinese newspapers and collected thousands of comments from Chinese bloggers.
So, for China this visit, its very format became a nationwide sensation. After all, since the days of Mao Zedong, when after the death of the leader his widow was sent to prison, the wives of the top officials of China were carefully hidden from the Chinese nation.
Configuration of forces
Vladimir Putin met Xi Jinping with his wife in the largest, St. George's Hall of the Kremlin. The guests were given signs of respect and honors.
In this room, C was only once - with an excursion three years ago, when he came to Moscow as a party figure.
During the conversation with Putin, Xi Jinping admitted that since his father was an associate of Deng Xiaoping, who had a warm feeling for Russia, then this attitude to our country was transmitted to him. He admitted that as a child he read Chekhov, Tolstoy, Pushkin's poetry and even in his youth tried to imitate the hero Chernyshevsky, who went out in a bad weather in the rain, and during the blizzard - under the snow.
"You are the first foreign head of state with whom I meet. I get the impression that we always treat each other with an open mind. We are converging with characters and became good friends, "Xi Jinping said in response.
The PRC leader also stressed that the existing trade turnover between the PRC and Russia is only $ 82 billion and this is too weak indicator for countries having the longest common border.
Continuing this theme, Vladimir Putin said: "Particular attention during today's talks was paid to trade and economic cooperation aimed at encouraging joint investment flows. We agreed to use the capabilities of the Russian-Chinese investment fund, pay attention to infrastructure and production projects in the Far East of the Russian Federation. A large number of joint projects inspire us with confidence that in the near future we will reach $ 100 billion of trade turnover, and in the near future - $ 150 billion. "