China - Russia

Chronology from Jan 2022 to May 2022

: Chinese Defense Minister Wei Fenghe visits Turkmenistan.

: Chinese Defense Minister Wei Fenghe visits Kazakhstan.

: Vice Foreign Minister Le Yucheng meets in Beijing with Russian Ambassador to China Andrey Denisov.

: Li Zhanshu, Chairman of the National People’s Congress Standing Committee, holds virtual talks with Russian Federation Council Speaker Valentina Matviyenko.

: Wang talks to his Vietnamese counterpart. Wang reportedly said that the Ukraine tragedy should not be allowed to be repeated around China. 

: US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi plans to visit Taiwan on April 10, according to Japanese sources, though the trip is postponed when she tests positive for COVID-19.

: Wang talks to Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba at the latter’s request.

: Bucha’s massacre is first reported.

: Xi meets via video with President Charles Michel of the European Council and President Ursula von der Leyen of the European Commission. They exchange views on the Ukraine conflict. 

: Wang chairs the 3rd Foreign Ministers’ meeting among neighboring countries of Afghanistan in Tunxi of China’s Anhui Province. He held talks with Lavrov on the sidelines of the conference. FMs or representatives of Pakistan, Iran, Russia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan attended the meeting.

: 5th round of peace talks for Ukraine end with a written document for a ceasefire. Ukraine reportedly proposes adopting neutral status and a 15-year consultation period on the future of Russian-occupied Crimea as long as a complete ceasefire with Russian forces is agreed. 

: Wang visits India.

: Wang visits Afghanistan.

: Wang is invited to address the opening ceremony of the 48th session of the Council of Foreign Ministers of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) in Islamabad, the first time a Chinese Foreign Minister is invited to such a meeting.

: Wang pays an official visit to Pakistan.

: Xi and Biden talk over the phone about the Ukraine War.

: Chinese Foreign Ministry’s spokesman Zhao Lijian says that the Foreign Ministry supports Fan’s statement on March 14, 2022.

: Chinese Ambassador to Ukraine Fan Xianrong pays a visit to Lviv Governor Maksym Kozytskyi. He expresses support for Ukraine. 

: Lavrov says that “World War III would be a devastating nuclear war.” 

: Wang talks to Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba at the latter’s request.

: Putin puts the Russian nuclear force on high alert.

: Wang puts forward a “five-point” stance on the Ukraine conflict.

: Xi speaks with Putin on the phone. Putin briefs Xi on Russia’s “special military operation” in Ukraine.

: Lavrov talks over the phone with Wang Yi. They discuss the situation in eastern Ukraine.

: Russian Parliament grants Putin’s request to use the military to back Ukrainian separatists.

: Putin visits China. Before joining the opening ceremony of the Beijing Winter Olympics, he holds a lunch talk with President Xi, and 15 documents are signed. The two heads of state also issue a joint statement on international affairs.

: Lavrov travels to Beijing ahead of Putin’s official visit. He meets his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi. On the same day, the Russian President publishes his article in China’s Xinhua news agency: “Russia and China: A Future-Oriented Strategic Partnership.” 

: Xi holds a virtual summit commemorating the 30th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and five Central Asian countries (Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikstan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan).

: Russia, China, and Iran hold their second joint naval exercises in the Gulf of Oman. They practice sea-lane protection, anti-pirates, and hostage-rescue operations.

: Lavrov tells a news conference that Russia-China friendship is not against anyone. 

: State Councilor and Foreign Minister of China Wang Yi and Russian FM Sergei Lavrov talk over the phone, with Wang telling Lavrov that China and Russia should not allow chaos in central Asia.

: President Xi Jinping sends a message to Kazakh President Askar Katayev that China strongly opposes any effort to sabotage and threaten Kazakhstan’s stability, security, and Sino-Kazakh friendship and cooperation.

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