Sep 12, 2022 06:35 PM

Xi to Make First Foreign Trip Since Pandemic Began

What’s new: President Xi Jinping will pay state visits to Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan from Wednesday to Friday, during which he will attend a leadership summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization in the Uzbek city of Samarkand, China’s foreign ministry announced Monday.

The three-day visit to the Central Asian countries will be Xi’s first foreign trip in the nearly three years since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, which initially emerged in the Central Chinese city of Wuhan in late 2019.

The ministry did not elaborate on Xi’s travel plans.

What’s more: Kazakhstan’s foreign ministry announced Xi’s visit a week ago. The Chinese president is expected to meet his counterpart Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, who survived a series of violent anti-government protests in January.

Russian President Vladimir Putin said Wednesday during a meeting with China’s top legislator Li Zhanshu that he plans to meet with Xi at the Shanghai Cooperation Organization summit who was in Vladivostok, Russia, for the Eastern Economic Forum, Russian state media reported.

The Shanghai Cooperation Organization is a Eurasian political, economic and security group that consists of China, Russia and four Central Asian nations — Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan.

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