Beijing, 5 February 2022 (TDI): Regardless of the attitude of some states opposing the Winter Olympics 2022 in China, President Xi Jinping met with the leaders of several states in Beijing.
Following the groundbreaking agreements i.e. Gas Pipeline agreement of approximately $117.5 billion, unanimous Sino–Russia unity over Taiwan and NATO expansion, the President of China held meetings with the heads of Russia, Kazakhstan, Serbia, Egypt, Uzbekistan, Pakistan, and Turkmenistan.
In this regard, a sumptuous banquet at Beijing’s Great Hall of the People was also hosted by China in which Pakistan’s Imran Khan and KSA’s Crown Prince Muhammad Bin Suleman also has joined.
Even though the United States and other Western countries have subjected the Winter Games–2022 to a diplomatic boycott because of their so called allegations of human rights violations in the Xinjiang province, heads of the states from more than 30 countries also attended the Winter Olympics ignoring the said allegations from the United States and its allies.
Saturday’s Lunar New Year banquet was the first time the Chinese President attended a gathering of state officials since before COVID-19 broke out in late 2019. Xi extended “heartfelt appreciation to all nations, peoples, and international organizations who care for and support the Beijing Winter Olympics” in his toast to his fellow leaders.
Xi Jinping claimed in his speech released by the Xinhua News Agency that “China has made every effort to mitigate the coronavirus pandemic impact and faithfully fulfilled its solemn commitments to the international community by ensuring the Beijing Winter Olympics be conducted as schedule.”
The enhanced China-Russia relations are being praised colloquially, and proclaimed by Xi and Russian President Vladimir Putin following their meeting on Friday, as “an important guarantee for preserving an international strategic balance, world peace, and stability.”
On Saturday morning, Xi met with Kazakhstan President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic, and Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi, to discuss Belt and Road infrastructure investments and collaboration in the battle against COVID-19.
President Xi Jinping also urged Turkmen President Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov that the two countries’ collaboration on exporting natural gas to China should be strengthened.
Xi Jinping also met with Uzbek President Shavkat Mirziyoyev, while Chinese Premier Li Keqiang met with Ecuador’s President Guillermo Lasso, Singapore’s President Halimah Yacob, and World Health Organization Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, respectively.