- Chinese President Xi Jinping held a bilateral meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin at the Forumlar Majmuasi Complex in Samarkand, Uzbekistan, on Thursday.
- During their first meeting since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, Xi said China is ready to team up with its ally to “set an example of a responsible world power and to play a leading role in putting a rapidly changing world on the track of sustainable and positive development.”
- Addressing Putin as his "dear and long-time friend," Xi said the two leaders had maintained “effective strategic contacts, particularly through phone calls” amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Although the Russian president praised China’s “balanced position” on the matter, he conceded that Beijing had “questions and concerns” over Russia’s military action.
- “We highly appreciate the balanced position of our Chinese friends in connection with the Ukrainian crisis. We understand your questions and concerns in this regard,” Putin said. “During today's meeting, of course, we will explain in detail our position on this issue, although we have spoken about this before."
Chinese President Xi Jinping has reportedly told Russian President Vladimir Putin that China is ready to team up with Russia during their sideline talks at the Shanghai Cooperation Organization’s summit in Uzbekistan.
Addressing Putin as his “dear and long-time friend,” Xi said the two leaders had maintained “effective strategic contacts, particularly through phone calls” amid the COVID-19 pandemic, according to Russian news agency TASS.
- Addressing an international security summit attended by military officials from Africa, Asia and Latin America, Russian President Vladimir Putin accused “Western globalist elites” of trying “to shift the blame for their own failures to Russia and China.”
- According to Putin, the United States is to blame for the continued fighting in Ukraine, as it is acting “in exactly the same way trying to fuel conflicts in Asia, Africa and Latin America.”
- Putin’s condemnation of Western powers comes amid a series of sanctions imposed by the U.S., Canada, the United Kingdom and other countries.
- Putin also referenced U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s trip to Taiwan to accuse Washington of promoting instability around the world.
- According to Putin, attempts by so-called “Western elites” to cling to the “current globalist model” are already doomed. “The era of the unipolar world order is nearing its end,” he added.
Russian President Vladimir Putin blamed the United States for the continued fighting in Ukraine during an international security summit on Tuesday.
Speaking to an audience attended by military officials from Africa, Asia and Latin America, the Russian leader accused “Western globalist elites” of shifting the blame “for their own failures to Russia and China.”
- A robot dog modified to include a machine gun on the top half of its body has captured the attention of the internet with its sophisticated design resembling something out of a sci-fi thriller.
- As shown in the video, which has garnered over 7.3 million views on Twitter, a silver-colored robot dog runs along a firing range as it opens fire on various targets.
- Sophos Senior Threat Researcher Sean Gallagher likens the model seen in the video to the Hangzhou-based company’s Go1 robot dog model, which retails for around $3,000.
- The clip of the robot dog appears to have been taken in Russia, as its left flank bears the Russian flag and the other side a wolf’s head, which is an insignia commonly used by the Russian Special Operations Forces.
- A parked armored vehicle seen in the video can be identified by its distinct triangular door as a BRDM-2, which has been recently spotted in Ukraine.
A robot dog modified to include a machine gun on the top half of its body has captured the attention of the internet with its sophisticated design resembling something out of a sci-fi thriller.
As shown in the video, which has garnered over 7.3 million views on Twitter, a silver-colored robot dog runs along a firing range as it opens fire on various targets.
- Zipair, a budget Japanese airline, has announced it will replace its “Z” logo.
- The decision to renovate the original “Z” logo came after the same letter was adopted by the Russian military as an emblem for the ongoing war in Ukraine.
- Launched in 2018, Zipair serves Tokyo, Bangkok, Seoul, Honolulu, Singapore and Los Angeles.
- Shingo Nishida, the president of the airline, shared that the airline will remove the logo as “some people may view [it] as an indication of support for Russia’s war.”
- The “Z” logo will be replaced by a criss-cross geometric pattern in green, black and white.
Zipair, a budget Japanese airline, has announced it will replace its “Z” logo, which has become a pro-war symbol used by Russian military vehicles.
Launched in 2018, Zipair is a low-cost airline operating Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner aircraft in Tokyo, Bangkok, Seoul, Honolulu, Singapore and Los Angeles. The airline has also announced that it will serve San Jose, California, beginning in December 2022.
- China is reportedly organizing viewing sessions for a pro-Putin documentary for selected audiences across the country.
- The documentary, which runs for 101 minutes, was completed last year and does not include the war in Ukraine, but pins the downfall of the Soviet Union to Western influence.
- Russia is facing a new wave of global condemnation as hundreds of dead bodies were reportedly found near Kiev.
- While many world leaders have denounced Russia for its actions, China has stayed silent over the matter.
- Some Chinese social media users have also accused Ukraine of staging the deaths to “frame” Russia.
As Russia continues its military assault on Ukraine, China’s ruling Communist Party (CCP) has reportedly organized viewing sessions for a historical documentary that paints Russian President Vladimir Putin as a hero.
The sessions, allegedly organized around the country, require selected audiences to sit through the 101-minute long “lesson,” which was completed last year and thus excludes the ongoing invasion of Ukraine.
Russia asked China for military, economic assistance after Day 1 of Ukraine invasion, US officials reveal
- Russia has sought military and economic assistance from China amid its war against Ukraine, according to anonymous U.S. officials.
- Both China and Russia rejected the claims, with China accusing the U.S. of “maliciously spreading disinformation” and Russia insisting that it has everything it needs.
- Observers believe any form of Chinese military assistance given to Russia will have far-reaching impacts on Washington’s foreign policy on Beijing.
- As of Monday, over 2.8 million people have fled Ukraine, according to the International Organization for Migration (IOM) of the United Nations.
Russia has sought military and economic assistance from China amid its war against Ukraine, according to anonymous U.S. officials.
- Russian space agency Roscosmos has removed the Japanese and American flags from its space rocket.
- "The launchers at Baikonur decided that without the flags of some countries, our rocket would look more beautiful," said Roscosmos Director General Dmitry Olegovich Rogozin.
- In the now-viral clip, workers are shown taking down the flags of several nations but keeping India's flag untouched.
- India is among the few countries that abstained their votes on the U.N. resolution that “deplores in the strongest terms the Russian Federation’s aggression against Ukraine.”
Russia’s space agency Roscosmos has taken down the flags of Japan, the U.S. and other nations emblazoned on a space rocket in its spaceport Baikonur.
Roscosmos Director General Dmitry Olegovich Rogozin posted the now-viral video of the symbolic flag removal on Twitter with the caption: “The launchers at Baikonur decided that without the flags of some countries, our rocket would look more beautiful.”
- Singapore has become the first Southeast Asian country to announce sanctions against Russia over its recent invasion of Ukraine.
- Singapore Foreign Minister Vivian Balakrishnan described Russia's invasion as “unacceptable,” calling it a "clear and gross" breach of international norms.
- “We will impose export controls on items that can be used directly as weapons in Ukraine to inflict harm or to subjugate the Ukrainians," Balakrishnan told Parliament during his ministerial statement on the Ukraine crisis. "We will also block certain Russian banks and financial transactions connected to Russia."
- Meanwhile, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), which Singapore is part of, released a statement with a more neutral stance. The 10-member bloc expressed concern over the Ukraine crisis and also called for dialogue, but it did not directly condemn Moscow.
Singapore has become the first Southeast Asian nation to join international efforts in penalizing Russia with sanctions over its recent invasion of Ukraine.
Deviating from the generally neutral stance of its neighbors, the city-state said it would follow “like-minded countries” and impose “appropriate sanctions and restrictions” on items that can be weaponized against Ukraine, according to Singapore’s Foreign Minister Vivian Balakrishnan.
- Russia launched a full-scale invasion of Ukraine on Thursday, launching explosives at Kiev and other high-density cities.
- China, a major trading partner, denied backing the Russian move, arguing that Moscow is an “independent major country” that could act on its own.
- Beijing also refused to call the situation an invasion and instead accused the U.S. of “fueling the flame.”
- China remains one of the only major governments that has not condemned Russia, but it has expressed hopes for all parties to engage in dialogue and negotiation.
China has rejected allegations that it is backing Russia in Ukraine, calling them “American hints” and instead accusing the U.S. of “fueling the flame.”
Russian troops launched an attack on Ukraine on Thursday, during which explosives occurred in Kiev and other high-density cities. Within hours, the U.S., the U.K. and the European Union (EU) all moved to impose sanctions on Moscow, which described its move as a “special military operation.”
Donald Trump: ‘China’s going to be next,’ will ‘absolutely’ invade Taiwan following Russia-Ukraine crisis
- In a conservative talk radio program interview, former President Donald Trump confidently declared that China would be “next” to declare war and would “absolutely” go after Taiwan.
- Trump described the Biden administration as being weak and assured that a Russian invasion would “never have happened” under his watch.
- The program’s hosts mocked President Joe Biden’s previous tweets in which Biden stated that he was “the only person in this field” who has ever gone “toe-to-toe” with Putin.
- In response to comparisons of the Russia-Ukraine Crisis to the situation between China and Taiwan, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hya Chunying firmly stated that “Taiwan is indeed not Ukraine” and would remain an “inseparable part” of China’s territory.
Referring to the Russia-Ukraine Crisis, Trump praised Putin as a “genius” and stated that “China is going to be next” under Biden’s watch.
In a recent interview with the conservative talk radio program “The Clay Travis and Buck Sexton Show,” former U.S. President Donald Trump confidently stated that “China is going to be next” and would “absolutely” be going after Taiwan.
Chinese President Xi Jinping described Beijing and Moscow’s relationship as better than an alliance in a video call with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday.
Driving the news: The video call, the second between the two leaders in 2021, came a week after Putin and U.S. President Joe Biden also met virtually to discuss mounting tensions in the Russia-Ukraine border. During the U.S.-Russia call, Biden warned that Russia would face painful sanctions if it invaded Ukraine again, while Putin demanded legally binding guarantees that Ukraine would not be permitted to join NATO, as the move would directly threaten its border.
A hockey player in Russia who made a slant-eyed gesture toward a Chinese player has issued a public apology after receiving backlash.