China intends to raise its cooperation with Russia “to the next degree,” Chinese language chief Xi Jinping stated Wednesday throughout a gathering with Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin in Beijing, the place in accordance with state broadcaster CCTV the 2 nations agreed to strengthen their financial ties. Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, which Chinese language officers have kept away from immediately condemning, has introduced the 2 powers nearer collectively up to now 12 months — to the disapproval of Western governments.