On Thursday, Chinese President Xi Jinping, Russian President Vladimir Putin, and the heads of state from India and other Central Asian nations departed for Uzbekistan to attend a summit of a security group founded by Beijing and Moscow as a counterweight to the influence of the United States.
Xi stopped over in Kazakhstan for the day on Wednesday before continuing on to Uzbekistan.
Following his invasion of Ukraine, Vladimir Putin is currently facing international condemnation and isolation, making this summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization all the more significant. Disagreements on land, technology, and security have created tension in Beijing's relationships with Washington, Europe, Japan, and India.
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As part of Xi's first foreign tour since the start of the coronavirus pandemic two and a half years ago, the ceremony in the old sultanate of Samarkand is highlighting Beijing's ambition to impose itself as a regional force.
Uzbek President ShavkatMirziyoyev was the one to meet and greet Chinese President Xi Jinping upon his arrival at the Samarkand airport, according to the official Chinese news agency Xinhua. A fanfare was played on karnays, which are traditional wind instruments that look like long trumpets and are played by musicians.
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According to the foreign affairs adviser to the Russian president, Vladimir Putin and Xi Jinping were supposed to meet one-on-one and discuss the situation in Ukraine.
According to his ministry, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi was scheduled to arrive on Thursday; however, there was no hint that he might meet individually with either Xi Jinping or Putin.
As a result of fighting between Chinese and Indian forces in a dispute over a boundary in a remote region of the Himalayas, relations between the two countries are currently at a low point.
Other members of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization include the governments of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Pakistan, and Tajikistan. Iran and Afghanistan are both examples of observers.
After the United States, Japan, Australia, and India formed the Quad in reaction to Beijing's more forceful foreign policy, the leader of China is advocating a "Global Security Initiative" that was launched in April. The Quad was formed in response to Beijing's more muscular foreign policy. Xi has not provided many specifics, but U.S. officials are complaining that it is similar to the arguments advanced by Russia in defense of Moscow's invasion of Ukraine.
The region is included in China's multibillion-dollar Belt and Road Initiative, which aims to expand trade by constructing ports, railways, and other infrastructure across an arc of dozens of countries stretching from the South Pacific through Asia to the Middle East, Europe, and Africa. The initiative spans from the South Pacific through Asia to the Middle East, Europe, and Africa.
Russia, which views Central Asia as a part of its sphere of influence, has become more anxious as a result of China's economic expansion into the region. Kazakhstan and its neighbors are attempting to woo Chinese investment while avoiding disturbing Moscow's interests.
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