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Chinese President Xi Jinping has warned against escalating military ties at the BRICS summit


Xi Jinping warns against expanding military ties: Chinese President Xi Jinping has warned against expanding military ties in a speech ahead of a virtual summit with key leaders from Russia, India, Brazil and South Africa. China is currently hosting a meeting of the influential BRICS emerging economies club, which accounts for more than 40 per cent of the world’s population and about a quarter of the world’s GDP.

Three BRICS members, including China, India and South Africa, abstained from voting on a UN resolution condemning Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Chinese President Xi Jinping has warned the BRICS trade forum against developing military alliances during the Ukraine crisis and seeking its own protection at the expense of other countries’ security.

How does Jinping relate to Putin?

China and India have strong military ties with Russia and buy large quantities of oil and gas. Last week, Xi Jinping assured his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin that China would support Moscow’s key interests of sovereignty and security. At the same time, the US says it is on the wrong side of China. None of the few African countries with political influence outside the continent, including South Africa, has condemned Russian military action.

What did Xi Jinping say?

In a speech on Wednesday, Chinese President Xi Jinping lauded US and EU sanctions on Russia, saying they were like a double-edged sword. The BRICS summit has been taking place since February 24, when Russia’s military has been launching a series of attacks on Ukraine. Many cities in Ukraine have been destroyed by the Russian attack, and large numbers of people have fled.

China and India’s relations with Russia

PM Modi will participate in a virtual format on June 23-24, 2022 at the invitation of Chinese President Xi Jinping. China and India have good relations with Russia. During the ongoing war in Ukraine, both China and India have increased crude oil imports from Russia, which has helped offset losses by reducing Russian energy purchases from Western countries. Meanwhile, leaders of the Group of Seven (G7) countries will meet in Germany next week to discuss how to move forward with sanctions on Russia.

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