China and Russia have proclaimed a deep strategic partnership to balance the global influence of the United States.
China’s President Xi Jingping welcomed President Putin to Beijing on the opening day of the Winter Olympics.
In a joint statement, the two countries said that friendship between their countries had no limits. They announced plans to collaborate in many areas including space, climate change, artificial intelligence and control of the internet.
It’s the clearest statement so far of Russia and China’s resolve to work together to build a new international order to rival the United States, based on their own interpretations of human rights and democracy.
Reeta Chakrabarti presents BBC News at Ten reporting by Robin Brant in Beijing.
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