Russian President Vladimir Putin will travel to Beijing in October to attend third Belt and Road Forum with China’s Xi Jinping, the Kremlin’s chief’s first known trip abroad since the International Criminal Court issued an arrest warrant against him over the deportation of children from Ukraine.

Putin last visited Beijing in February 2022, days before the invasion, where he and Xi announced a ‘no limits’ partnership.

Putin and Xi share a broad world view, which sees the West as decadent and in decline just as China challenges U.S. supremacy in everything from technology to espionage and military power.

China has refrained from condemning Russia’s operation against Ukraine or calling it an invasion, in line with the Kremlin, which casts the war as a “special military operation”.

Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine early last year has triggered one of the deadliest European conflicts since World War Two and the biggest confrontation between Moscow and the West since the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis.

Russian Economy Minister Maxim Reshetnikov express the level of cooperation in his words when he said; “We are actively developing investments, including in our large gas and petrochemical projects, where we actively use Chinese technologies.”

“We are strongly interested in transforming technological cooperation into investment cooperation, so that Chinese companies actively enter into these projects, invest in capital, and lend money, because the projects are capital-intensive and not all of them can be fully provided for by the Russian financial system.” Reshetnikov added.

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