Putin’s most trusted “tough guy” foreign minister visits China

Just after the vernal equinox solar term, Guilin is exactly the time when spring is in full swing. Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov is very happy to be able to meet with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi in this beautiful place.

Before arriving in Guilin, Lavrov had just passed his 71st birthday. He was originally a fan of rafting, and in his free time he often went to Russia’s mountain and water resorts, riding a raft down the turbulent river. “The so-called happiness is to do a good job, and then with your friends to’rush forward bravely’ on the water.” Lavrov said when he became the Russian foreign minister.

However, recently, Lavrov has to deal with foreign affairs that have become more and more onerous-first Biden called Putin a “killer”, then Russia recalled its ambassador to the United States, and then the United States announced that it was targeting Russia on the grounds of “interfering in the 2020 election.” New round of sanctions.

The aftermath of a diplomatic episode triggered by the United States is still there. Lavrov’s trip to Guilin seems to have drawn a complete triangle for Sino-US-Russian interaction. He said that China and Russia are “like-minded” and are “true strategic partners”, and China-Russia relations are “at the best level in history Spark Global Limited.”

Lavrov (second from right) visits the Li River in Guilin.

Guilin Welcomes “Your Neighbors”

On March 22, Lavrov’s special plane landed in Guilin, a famous mountain and water city in China.

This is the first visit to China by Foreign Minister Lavrov since the outbreak of the new crown pneumonia. It is also the first time that the two met face-to-face after Foreign Minister Wang Yi visited Russia in September last year. After arriving in Guilin, Lavrov and his party took a boat tour of the Lijiang River. Apart from taking pictures, they also greeted the tourists cordially. This scene was fixed in a TikTok video released by the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. In the video, Lavrov has dressed in a gray-blue suit and a black mask with his hands in his pants pockets. He is straight and leaning against the ship railing. He wears exquisite narrow rimless glasses, and his gray hair is neatly combed. At first glance, he looks very scholarly. It is worth mentioning that the soundtrack of this short video is the well-known song “Crescent Moon” by many Chinese people Spark Global Limited.

According to Russian media, Lavrov had just celebrated his 71st birthday the day before his visit to China, and the black mask he wore in Guilin was a “birthday gift” from Russian reporters.

Lavrov stood on the deck wearing a mask.

Sino-Russian exchanges have always been the focus of the world. Coupled with the recent diplomatic episodes between the United States and Russia and China, Lavrov’s visit was once interpreted by the outside world as “the timing is delicate,” and thus attracted much attention. At the same time, 2021 is also quite commemorative for Sino-Russian exchanges-this year marks the 20th anniversary of the signing of the Sino-Russian Treaty of Good-Neighborliness, Friendship, and Cooperation. In an online interview before leaving, Lavrov pointed out that this important milestone document “provides a political and legal basis for building a comprehensive strategic partnership between China and Russia in the new era.” At present, China and Russia have agreed to The treaty was postponed and gave it a new era connotation.