He offered a more restrained vision of Russian-Chinese relations than what Putin is likely to have sought.

ISW writes about it.

During their meeting on March 20, Xi and Putin emphasized the strength of Sino-Russian relations, but in articles they published on March 19, they interpreted the scope of the future relationship differently.

Xi Jinping's apparent refusal to align China with Russia in Putin's anticipated geopolitical conflict with the West is a marked departure from China's declared "boundless partnership" with Russia before Russia's invasion of Ukraine.

Xi's rhetoric suggests that he is not inclined to give Russia the full economic and political support it needs to overcome its failures in Ukraine.

Putin and Xi have offered somewhat similar visions of strengthening the Sino-Russian economic partnership, and they are likely to sign bilateral trade and economic deals during Xi's visit, some of which are likely to be aimed at easing sanctions evasion schemes.

Xi is also likely to offer a more concrete proposal for a negotiated settlement to the war in Ukraine, although it remains unclear what his proposal will mean and how well the Kremlin will take it.

The prospects for China's supply of military equipment to Russia also remain unclear.

We will remind that in Ukraine it was expected that Xi Jinping would influence the President of the Russian Federation Putin to stop the war in Ukraine.

This was said by the spokesman of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Oleg Nikolenko.

He emphasized that Ukraine is ready for a closer dialogue with China in order to restore peace. 

Let's add that Putin, on the eve of Xi Jinping's visit to Moscow, said that he was allegedly ready for a "political-diplomatic settlement" of the war against Ukraine.

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