Senior Chinese diplomat, Yang Jiechi will be visiting Moscow next week as tensions rise globally following the United States’ announcement of new sanctions against Russia and Beijing.
Jiechi, who is also a member of the communist party Paliburo, will be in Russia from Tuesday to Friday taking part of the latest road of the China-Russia strategic security consultation, China’s foreign ministry said on Thursday.
The Chinese diplomat will be co-chairing the meeting with Russian Security Council secretary, Nikolai Patrushev.
Yang’s visit comes as both countries are seeking closer ties as a guard against President Donald Trump’s aggressive approach to trade and global affairs.
His trip was announced a few hours before Washington said it would impose fresh sanctions against Moscow, which included prohibition of a wide range of exports, by the end of the month. The impositions come as punishment for the alleged nerve agent attack against former Russian agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia in Britain in March. Moscow has denied the allegations.
The trip also comes amidst an escalating trade war between China and the US.
Source: South China Morning Post