Date: 23 December 2022 Author: Grzegorz Kuczyński

China Supports Russia Through Joint Drills and Top Beijing Meeting

Although Beijing has not thrown any official support to Russia in its war with Ukraine, its authorities back Moscow unofficially. One example of that is meetings between top state officials and joint navy drills.


Former Russian President Dmitry Medvedev met Chinese President Xi Jinping in Beijing. The very idea of his trip was meaningful as Medvedev now serves as the chairman of the United Russia party and deputy head of the Russian Security Council. The former Russian president was on a visit to China at the invitation of the Communist Party of China (CPC). Medvedev and Xi met at the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse in Beijing, where the two discussed a number of issues, including “the Ukraine crisis.” The Chinese leader said his country endorsed peace talks to solve “the Ukraine crisis,” adding he hoped all parties remain committed to tackling security issues through political dialogue. Medvedev claimed Russia would be ready to solve what he referred to as the “Ukraine crisis” through peace talks. The “peace talks” narrative is beneficial for Russia, which still occupies part of the Ukrainian territory. Beijing, which has forged closer ties with Moscow, has refused to condemn Russia’s actions in Ukraine and has also opposed economic sanctions on Russia. At the same time, the Chinese and Russian navies started a weeklong joint exercise. Russia deployed the Varyag missile cruiser, the Marshal Shaposhnikov destroyer, and two corvettes of Russia’s Pacific Fleet for the East China Sea exercise. The weeklong drill began on December 21 and will last until December 27. Russian and Chinese aircraft were also taking part in the weeklong maneuvers that will involve firing exercises and anti-submarine drills, according to the Russian defense ministry. Military ties between Moscow and Beijing have grown stronger and this is just one example. In November, Russia and China both flew bombers in joint patrols over the Sea of Japan and the East China Sea. For the first time in the course of joint air patrols, Russian aircraft landed at an airfield in China, and Chinese aircraft landed at an airfield in Russia.

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