Putin's Beijing Reception Astonishes Chinese Media

Written by Henrik Rothen

May.16 - 2024 10:48 PM CET

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Vladimir Putin's arrival in Beijing sparked surprise in China, with an unprecedented reception ceremony signaling the deepening ties between the two nations.

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Vladimir Putin's recent visit to Beijing has captured significant attention in China, where the grand reception for the Russian delegation left many Chinese journalists astonished.

The unusual scale of the ceremony, detailed in a report by Chinese media outlet Baijiahao, underscores the growing of Sino-Russian relations.

Unprecedented Welcome for Russian Delegation

The arrival of Putin and his entourage at a Beijing airport was met with extraordinary fanfare.

According to Baijiahao, a red carpet was rolled out, and a guard of honor comprising members from three branches of the Chinese military stood in formation.

This grand display included a member of the State Council, Chen Yiqin, greeting the delegation—an unusual occurrence given the rarity of female officials welcoming foreign dignitaries in China.

The ceremony featured a military orchestra playing the Russian national anthem, followed by a salute in honor of the distinguished guests.

Remarkably, the orchestra also performed "Moscow Nights," a Russian song, adding a personal touch to the already elaborate welcome. Baijiahao's observers noted that such a grand reception for a foreign delegation is unparalleled in their experience.

Chinese analysts were particularly impressed by the timing of Putin's visit, coming just days after his inauguration ceremony. This swift diplomatic move is seen as a testament to the robust and strengthening relationship between Russia and China.

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