Vladimir Putin says Russian-Chinese relations at “ highest level in history ” when nuclear projects are launched
Moscow-Beijing relations have reached “their highest level in history,” said Russian President Vladimir Putin.
- Vladimir Putin and Xi Jinping launched construction of Russian-designed reactors at China’s Tianwan and Xudapu nuclear power plants
- Mr Putin and Mr Xi have developed closer and closer ties
- China seeks to reduce reliance on coal for electricity
Mr. Putin made the statement during a video conference with his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping during which the leaders launched the construction of Russian-designed reactors at China’s Tianwan and Xudapu nuclear power plants.
“Russian and Chinese professionals are setting in motion a real flagship joint project,” Putin said, calling the technology “powerful, state-of-the-art, Russian-made nuclear reactors that comply with all safety regulations and ecological standards. the highest “.
“We can say that Russian-Chinese relations have reached the highest level in history,” he added.
He said the projects were to be completed by 2026 and 2028 and make “a great contribution … to maintaining [China’s] energy security ”.
China has sought to reduce its overwhelming dependence on coal for electricity.
Russia and China closely aligned
Mr Putin and Mr Xi have developed increasingly close ties, based in part on their shared identities as autocratic leaders who suppress any political opposition.
At the same time, Moscow and Beijing have closely aligned their foreign policies, especially when it comes to opposing US calls for political liberalization and humanitarian interventions.
The two leaders have been very critical of US foreign policy, especially in the Middle East, and are the main voices of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, which seeks to restrain US influence in Central Asia.
China is also a key market for Russian oil and gas, and has in the past made significant purchases of Russian fighter jets and other military technology. Russia is a major customer for Chinese machinery and consumer goods, although its sanctions-hit economy has limited its purchases.
AP / AFP