The Beijing Winter Olympics isn’t just an arena for competitive sports, but it has also proven the perfect place to show off strategic alliances. Chinese President Xi Jinping and Russian President Vladimir Putin have reportedly met in a Friday meeting in Beijing after two years amidst growing tensions with the West involving Taiwan and Ukraine.  This is the 38th bilateral meeting between the two world leaders as they share a common adversary— the United States.

Vladimir Putin and Xi Jinping signed a Joint Statement on Developing Comprehensive Partnership and Strategic Cooperation Entering a New Era, and a Joint Statement on Strengthening Global Strategic Stability in the Modern Era, 2019 (Wikimedia Commons). Source: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Vladimir_Putin_and_Xi_Jinping_(2019-06-05)_40.jpg
Vladimir Putin and Xi Jinping signed a Joint Statement on Developing Comprehensive Partnership and Strategic Cooperation Entering a New Era, and a Joint Statement on Strengthening Global Strategic Stability in the Modern Era, 2019 (Kremlin.ruCC BY 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons).

This report comes after the United States had increased its troop deployment to the Ukrainian-Russian border to counter the 100,000 plus Russian troops in the region. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky discussed Russian military aggression during their meeting in Kyiv, which the Russians vehemently deny.

“It’s about the whole European security architecture because be in no doubt about what I think President Putin is trying to achieve here. I think that he is trying, by holding a gun as it were to the head of Ukraine, by intimidating Ukraine, to get us to change the way we look at European security,” the United Kingdom Prime Minister said.

During their meeting, the two authoritarian leaders had released a joint statement, joining forces in what is shaping up to be another Cold War, with Russia supporting the Chinese agenda regarding Taiwan’s lack of sovereignty calling the nation an “integral part of China.” Beijing also gave support to Russian foreign policy regarding Ukraine opposing the United States, and NATO, albeit without explicitly naming the countries, stating, “attempts by external forces to undermine security and stability in their common adjacent regions,” and that it would increase their cooperation in these regions.