/ 18 October 2023

A high-profile trip to China

Image source: Getty
Image source: Getty

That’s what Russian President Vladimir Putin is undertaking as he touched down in China to catch up with bestie/President Xi Jinping and attend the Belt and Road Initiative forum in Beijing. There are a couple of reasons it’s notable… This is a rare OS trip for Putin because he has an international arrest warrant against him for alleged war crimes in Ukraine. But also of note is Putin and Xi’s commitment to bolster Chinese-Russian ties. As for the Belt and Road Initiative, it’s one of Xi’s signature policies… The idea is to fund infrastructure/road projects through Asia and Europe to boost China’s geopolitical influence. Reports say it’s cost China about $900 billion so far, but there has been extensive criticism about the debt some countries have racked up. Attendees of this year’s forum will mark its 10th anniversary.

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