Since the Russian invasion of Ukraine, Beijing has remained eerily quiet over the war, however, China has urged Russia to find a peaceful solution to the conflict, while at the same time condemning western punitive measures against Moscow. Yet the latest rhetoric emerging from China suggests President Xi has taken a more open and frank stance in favour of his ally in Moscow. The news comes as Mr Xi held talks with Putin over the telephone.
Speaking of the current Chinese stance, Mr Xi said: "China is willing to push for the steady and long-term development of bilateral pragmatic cooperation.
"China is willing to mutually support Russia on core interests and matters of paramount concern, such as sovereignty and security, as well as achieve closer strategic cooperation."