Chinese President Xi Jinping has predicted that Russian President Vladimir Putin will be re-elected in the upcoming presidential elections in 2024. Jinping made the statement during a meeting with Putin in Moscow on Monday, saying that he is confident that the Russian people will vote for Putin on a large scale.
Jinping acknowledged the progress made by Russia under Putin's leadership and expressed his belief that Putin will continue to enjoy strong support from the people in the upcoming election. After Jinping's remarks were translated, Putin looked into Jinping's eyes and gave a brief but genuine smile. Jinping referred to Putin as a "dear friend," and Putin joked that he was jealous of China's recent progress.
Some experts suggest that Jinping's endorsement of Putin could be an indication that Putin is running for re-election in 2024. Putin is currently Russia's leader, but he has not announced his candidacy for the 2024 election.
During the meeting, Putin also acknowledged China's recent progress and expressed that people around the world are interested in what China is doing. He also noted that he feels a bit jealous of China's progress. The meeting between the two leaders comes amid tensions between China and the West over a variety of issues, including human rights and trade.
The prediction made by Jinping regarding Putin's re-election has attracted international attention, and it will be interesting to see whether Putin announces his candidacy for the 2024 election. Regardless of the outcome, the meeting between the two leaders underscores the importance of cooperation between China and Russia in the face of global challenges.