China - Russia

Chronology from May 2021 to Aug 2021

: Russia and China cast abstention vote in UN regarding the US-sponsored Afghan resolution calling on the Taliban to allow safe passage for those seeking to leave Afghanistan.

: China’s Defense Ministry announces that China will hold its first multinational peacekeeping live exercise, “Shared Destiny-2021,” in central China with roughly 1,000 troops from China, Pakistan, Mongolia, and Thailand joining.

: Xi holds a phone conversation with Putin, having an“ in-depth discussion on the Afghanistan problem … in a traditionally friendly and trust-based atmosphere.”

: Chinese and Tajik internal security forces run the joint “Anti-terror Coordination-2021” in Dushanbe.

: Lavrov initiates a telephone conversation with Wang. They talk about Afghan and COVID issues.

: China and Russia conduct strategic exercise “West·Coordination-2021” in northwestern China.

: Russian, Tajik, and Uzbek forces conduct an exercise in the Kharb-Maidon drilling field in Tajikistan just 12 miles from the Tajik-Afghan border.

: FM Wang meets Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, political chief of Afghanistan’s Taliban.

: SCO defense ministers hold their annual meeting in Dushanbe, Tajikistan.

: Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova writes on her webpage that the assassination of Haiti President Jovenel Moïse was related to Taiwan.

: Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesman Zhao Lijian says China supported safeguarding the outcome of WWII. He made the remarks after Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin’s July 26 visit to the disputed island of Iturup triggering a new round of Japanese

: Putin sends a message to Xi, expressing deep condolences over the tragic consequences of the extensive flooding in the province of Henan.

: Xi talks with Afghan President Ghani over the telephone.

: Wang meets with Lavrov in Tashkent on the sidelines of the high-level international conference “Central and South Asia: Regional Connectivity. Challenges and Opportunities.” The two top diplomats focused on the Afghan issue.

: SCO holds annual foreign ministerial meeting in Dushanbe, Tajikstan. Saudi Arabia and Egypt are accepted as SCO’s dialogue partners to be finalized by the SCO summit in September. A joint statement in the name of “the SCO-Afghanistan Contact Group” was issued, calling for peace and stability in the war-torn South Asian country.

: A suicide attack kills 13 people, including nine Chinese workers who were bussed to the Dasu Hydropower Project in Pakistan’s northwestern Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province. The bombing was carried out by Islamist militants and backed by the Indian and Afghan intelligence agencies says Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi.

: FM Wang comments on the 20th anniversary of the signing of the China-Russia friendship treaty, saying the two countries “are not allies, but better than being allies.”

: Xi sends condolences to Putin after the crash of a Russian commercial airplane.

: President Xi Jinping and Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin hold video conference for 20th anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of Good-Neighborliness and Friendly Cooperation Between the People’s Republic of China and the Russian Federation.

: Russia’s new ambassador to Washington, Anatoly Antonov, briefs outgoing Chinese Ambassador Cui Tiankai on Putin-Biden talks in Geneva on June 16. Antonov tells reporters that “nobody can divide Russia and China.”

: Chinese Embassy in Kabul urges Chinese citizens to leave the country ASAP via commercial flights.

: Liu Xiaoming, special representative of the Chinese Government on Korean Peninsula Affairs, meets Russian Ambassador to China Andrey Denisov in Beijing.

: FM Wang gives a speech via video to reception for 20th anniversary of the SCO.

: FM Wang Yi talks to Russian counterpart Lavrov over the phone. They discussed bilateral and international issues.

: Chinese and Russian foreign ministers Lavrov and Wang Yi speak via video to the 6th InternationalConference Russia and China: Cooperation in a New Era.

: BRICS foreign ministers hold annual videoconference under India’s chairmanship. COVID and economic development top the agenda, while Afghanistan was the 22nd of 35 items in the “media statement” issued by the ministers.

: SCO holds online meeting of experts to prepare for the first meeting of Security Council Secretaries in Tashkent.

: 16th China-Russia strategic security consultation is held in Moscow and co-chaired by Nikolai Patrushev, secretary of the Russian Security Council, and Yang Jiechi, member of the CPC Politburo. Russian President Putin, in Sochi, talked to Yang over the phone.

: Chinese Minister of Science and Technology Wang Zhigang meets Russian Ambassador to China Andrey Denisov in Beijing.

: Russian and Chinese presidents take part, via videoconference, in a ceremony to launch the construction of four nuclear power units at the Tianwan NPP and the Xudapu NPP in China.

: Chinese city Xi’an hosts second C+C5 foreign ministers’ meeting of China and five Central Asian countries—Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan. They focus on Afghanistan.

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