Xi Jinping arrived in Vladivostok Tuesday for the Eastern Economic Forum, hosted by Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Xi’s attendance is a signal of deepening ties between the two countries. It’s his first time to attend the forum since it was launched in 2015.
Xi and Putin held talks on Tuesday. It was a bit of a lovefest.
In an increasingly tumultuous world, Xi and Putin promised that their two countries will stay tight (Xinhua):
“Regardless of the changes in the international situation, China and Russia will unswervingly promote their ties and steadfastly safeguard world peace and stability, said the two heads of state.”That’s because the two countries have convergent interests, according to Xi (Kremlin):“We have similar or identical positions on international matters, [and] broad common interests.”“China-Russia cooperation…is gaining ever more importance against a backdrop of growing instability and unpredictability on a global scale.”One area where Xi would like to see more cooperation is on technology (Xinhua):“China and Russia should…boost joint research and development of cutting-edge science and technology, Xi said.”
Get smart: China is desperate to attract foreign talent to help in technological upgrading (see Entry #8). Russia could be an important partner on that front.