For Russia’s president, Xi’s visit is a diplomatic coup showing much needed international support as Moscow becomes increasingly isolated. For Chinese President Xi Jinping it is a chance to play a global peacemaker and to project China’s power in the face of warnings from the United States.
The message from the US on the other hand is clear - Beijing will endure harsh sanctions if it provides Moscow with weapons for its war in Ukraine.
Xi and Putin are determined to craft a new world order. One that, according to them, does not follow dictates from the world’s sole super power.
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