China’s President Xi Jinping and Russia’s President Vladimir Putin have begun three days of talks in Moscow.
The talks are aimed at strengthening their relationship and discussing Beijing’s Ukraine peace plan.
However, the focus is on whether Xi Jinping can convince Putin to negotiate with the other parties and potentially back off on the war.
The two leaders have emphasized their strong relationship, but Xi did not repeat the pledge of a “no limits” partnership.
Putin referred to Xi as a dear friend and expressed readiness to discuss Beijing’s blueprint for a ceasefire.
The details of the 12-point plan have been criticized by the United States, its European allies, and Ukraine, as it does not address the withdrawal of Russian troops from Ukrainian soil.
Jinping is in Moscow to project himself as a neutral party and a global statesman to broker peace.