Things between the United States and Russia were already tense, but relations have reached a new low after Russia was accused of downing an American drone in the Black Sea. Chinese President Xi Jinping is scheduled to visit his best friend, Vladimir Putin, to show the world his support for Russia. According to NY Post, “Both China and Russia have confirmed the planned visit, with the Kremlin saying that Xi will be staying in Moscow from Monday to Wednesday at Putin’s ‘invitation.’” The trip to Moscow will be President Xi Jinping’s first visit outside the country since his third term began. It will also be one of his first meetings with Putin since the situation in Ukraine began. [tweet_embed]March 19, 2023[/tweet_embed] Putin and Jinping became intense allies weeks before troops headed across Ukraine’s borders. They said they have a partnership that does not have limits, signaling that China will continue to stick by Russia. This has been wonderful for Russia, which has been isolated or sanctioned by large parts of the world since invading Ukraine. [tweet_embed]March 19, 2023[/tweet_embed] Meanwhile, the friendship between the two countries has the United States and Europe concerned. The United States has constantly cautioned China against sending weapons to Russia, which President Jinping vehemently denies ever doing. However, he does take the time to condemn Western countries for sending billions worth of weapons to Ukraine. The round of weapons sent to Ukraine will soon include fighter jets. Instead, the Kremlin says this visit builds trust between the two countries, strengthening their partnership. A schedule showed that the two would start the planned trip with a one-on-one meeting and an informal lunch. Per NY Post, “‘During the talks, topical issues of further development of comprehensive partnership relations and strategic cooperation between Russia and China will be discussed,’ said Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov.” Peskov also stated that the two would exchange views and sign documents but did not provide specific details. Recently, China expressed concern over war escalating due to Russia taking down an American drone. While Americans keep a close eye on this newfound friendship, we should remember that China calls for peace in Ukraine. Last month, China published a plan to end the Ukraine situation. China has also encouraged negotiations between the two countries, so President Xi Jinping can help stop the situation in Ukraine.