China’s top diplomat heads to Russia as ties reach ‘best level in history’

 China’s top diplomat heads to Russia as ties reach ‘best level in history’

China’s leading diplomat will travel to Russia on Monday for security talks, the latest sign of deepening ties between Beijing and Moscow.

Yang Jiechi, who leads China’s central committee for foreign affairs, will be in Russia until Wednesday for a strategic and security consultation, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said on Sunday. Yang will also visit Croatia and Slovenia before returning to China.

The announcement was made as both countries place greater emphasis on bilateral relations in a period where US dominance of geopolitics has receded and the Covid-19 pandemic has stoked global upheaval.

It was also made just days after Xi Jinping and Vladimir Putin, the presidents of China and Russia, attended the video-link launch of a nuclear energy project. The deal, which was signed in 2018, entails Russia helping China to build four nuclear reactors.

Putin said at the launch on Wednesday that ties between the…

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