Headline RoundupMay 18th, 2024

Putin Meets Xi in China to ‘Tighten Coordination’ Against US-Led World Order

Summary from the AllSides News Team

Russian President Vladimir Putin traveled to China this week to meet with President Xi Jinping and pledged a “new era” in the “no limits” partnership between the two nations.

The Details: The two discussed the U.S.-led world order and ways to work together to push back against it. Among the matters discussed, enhancing trade ties, abandoning the use of the U.S. dollar in bilateral trade, and leveraging their political influence at the United Nations were key points.

For Context: The deepening ties between Russia and China come as Russia doubles down on its long-haul approach in Ukraine, and China continues to grow economically and militarily. Last week, Xi made his first trip to Europe in five years when he met with leaders in France, Serbia, and Hungary. In late April, U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken visited Xi in China.

Key Quote: In a joint statement, the presidents pledged, “[We] intend to increase interaction and tighten coordination in order to counter Washington’s destructive and hostile course towards the so-called ‘dual containment’ of our countries.”

How The Media Covered It: Most Western media outlets highlighted the meeting’s anti-American themes and China’s quiet endorsement of Russia’s involvement in Ukraine. 

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