Xi, Putin meeting cements Chinese-Russian “Axis of Evil”

According to Rep. Mike Waltz (R-Fla.), Xi Jinping’s recent meeting with Vladimir Putin indicates that the two leaders are uniting their nations to form an authoritarian axis. 

The Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs claimed that Xi’s visit to Russia aimed to promote peace in Ukraine. Rep. Waltz told NTD News his view on the meeting’s purpose, “I think in the longer term, it’s cementing this alignment of authoritarianism that we’re seeing with China, Russia, Iran, North Korea, with the [Chinese Communist Party] as the leader of the pack and the leader of the axis of evil, so to speak.” 

China and Russia’s “no limits partnership” before the Ukraine invasion suggested a closer relationship, despite the absence of a formal military alliance. This bond has seemingly strengthened since the Russian military entered Ukraine. 

Secretary of State Antony Blinken welcomed China’s backing of Ukraine’s peace talks in February but cautioned against supplying arms to Russia, as the US and NATO provide weaponry to Ukraine. Waltz described China’s growing ties with Russia as just one area of concern for the United States.  

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