This meeting underscores the strengthening political ties between the two nations, as noted by Xi Jinping. "The political mutual trust between the two countries is continuously deepening," he stated, as reported by Xinhua news agency.
The meeting, which saw Putin as the guest of honor, was centered around the Belt and Road Initiative, a grand infrastructure plan designed to bolster China's trade. Xi Jinping lauded his Russian counterpart, highlighting their deep-rooted friendship and effective working relationship.
Amidst the current global complexities, Putin emphasized the necessity for "close coordination in foreign policy," as translated by the Moscow Times. "And we are doing it, and today we will discuss this," Putin added. This meeting marks the 42nd time the two leaders have met over the years.
This visit to Beijing is Putin's first to a major global power since the commencement of the Russian invasion of Ukraine. It also marks the first time the two leaders have met since the recent eruption of violence between Israel and Hamas.
Earlier this week, Putin reached out to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, offering assistance to avert a humanitarian crisis and sharing insights from his recent discussions with regional leaders. During this conversation, Putin expressed his condolences for the significant loss of life, referencing the tragic event of October 7, when over 1,300 Israelis were killed in a brutal attack by Hamas-led terrorists.
China's stance on the Hamas-led attacks on Israel has been somewhat reserved. Israeli officials have expressed dissatisfaction with China's response, criticizing the lack of a "clear and unequivocal condemnation of the terrible massacre committed by the terrorist organization Hamas against innocent civilians and the abduction of dozens of them to Gaza."