Chinese President Xi Jinping told a smiling Vladimir Putin “change is coming” in an ominous farewell message as he left Moscow on Tuesday evening after talks with his Russian counterpart.
“Changes are coming that haven’t happened in 100 years. And we are driving these changes together,” Xi told Putin through his interpreter – words that will no doubt ring alarm bells in the West.
“Please be careful, dear friend,” he added, shaking Putin’s hand warmly before being greeted by the Russian dictator, who wished Xi a “good trip.”
In February 2022, the couple announced that they had formed a “boundaryless” friendship and Putin invited Xi to visit the Russian capital. Since then they have spoken publicly about strengthening their “special relationship”, with Moscow and Beijing rejecting what they say are US attempts to create a “unipolar world” controlled by Washington.
Xi finally met with Putin in the Kremlin yesterday, with the two leaders seemingly keen to develop their good relationship. They signed a series of memorandums and agreements aimed at strengthening cooperation between the two countries on a number of issues, and were photographed sipping champagne together at the Kremlin’s Foreign Palace as Xi welcomed his Russian counterpart to travel to China later this year.
Their sad farewell message came hours after Putin promised to respond to Britain’s plans to send weapons containing depleted uranium to Ukraine as Moscow warned the risk of a ‘nuclear conflict’ was growing.