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Xi-Putin Meeting, Possible Peace Deal, AUKUS, and World Balance

In recent years, the relationship between China and Russia has become increasingly important in the context of global politics. This article examines the recent meetings between Chinese President Xi Jinping and Russian President Vladimir Putin, their potential role in facilitating a peace deal, and the implications of the AUKUS alliance for the world balance of power. Xi-Putin Meetings and Strategic Partnership China's President Xi Jinping and Russia's President Vladimir Putin have been fostering a close relationship, with Xi's numerous visits to Russia since becoming China's leader in 2013 (Yahoo News, 2023). The two leaders have strengthened their strategic partnership, proclaiming a deep alliance to counterbalance what they perceive as the malign global influence of the United States (SMH, 2022). China has expressed support for Russia's position in the Ukraine crisis, while Russia has rejected any notion of Taiwanese independence from mainland China (SMH, 2022). Furthermore, the two leaders agreed to extend a 20-year friendship and cooperation treaty, with Putin noting a 31% increase in bilateral trade to $123 billion within the first 11 months of the year (Reuters, 2021). Role in Peace Talks There is a debate among analysts on whether Xi Jinping is genuinely acting as a peacemaker or using this guise to strengthen his partnership with Putin. Some argue that Xi's efforts to end the war provide cover for him to solidify his alliance with Putin (New York Times, 2023). However, others suggest that Xi is genuinely seeking to act as a peace broker in the war (Yahoo News, 2023). In a conversation with Putin, Xi Jinping acknowledged that the road to peace talks on Ukraine would not be smooth (Reuters, 2022). The Biden administration has warned China against pushing a one-sided peace deal between Russia and Ukraine (USA Today, 2023). AUKUS and World Balance The AUKUS alliance, comprising Australia, the United Kingdom, and the United States, has created additional tensions between China and the West. This partnership aims to enhance security and defense cooperation in the Indo-Pacific region (Foreign Policy, 2021). Analysts believe that the AUKUS alliance could potentially hit China where it hurts, increasing the importance of the strategic partnership between China and Russia (Foreign Policy, 2021). Both countries have condemned the AUKUS alliance, affirming that there are no limits to their partnership (SMH, 2022). Conclusion The close relationship between Chinese President Xi Jinping and Russian President Vladimir Putin has significant implications for global politics. While the role of Xi Jinping in facilitating a peace deal remains uncertain, the strategic partnership between China and Russia is undoubtedly growing stronger. The AUKUS alliance is contributing to the evolving world balance of power, as China and Russia seek to counterbalance the perceived global influence of the United States. References Foreign Policy. (2021). Will AUKUS hit China where it hurts? Retrieved from New York Times. (2023). Russia-China-Putin-Xi. Retrieved from Reuters. (2021). Russia says Xi backs Putin push for Western security guarantees. Retrieved from Reuters. (2022). Xi tells Putin that road to peace talks on Ukraine will not be smooth. Retrieved from SMH. (2022). Russia-China condemn AUKUS, affirm 'no limits' to their partnership. Retrieved from USA Today. (2023). China-Zelenskyy peace talks- Putin- White House. Retrieved from Yahoo News. (2023). High-stakes meeting in Moscow: China's Xi Jinping meets Russia's Vladimir Putin. Retrieved from

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