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Xi Jinping's Visit to Moscow

March 20, 2023Ben Bearden

Autocrats Assemble?

On March 20, Chinese President Xi Jinping visited Moscow and met with Russian President Vladimir Putin to discuss Russia-China partnership and possible peace negotiations in the Russia-Ukraine War.

The visit prompted a vast spectrum of narratives surrounding Xi’s visit and future implications for China-Russia relations.

See this Kudzu Narrative Intelligence Brief to see the different narratives amplified by Russian state media and other malign influencers.

Key Insights:

  • The narrative surrounding Bakhmut has been driven by 128 sources in our Russia-China-Iran module and 349 unique narratives in the last 3 days. The majority of these narratives were amplified in the last 24 hours.
  • TASS (Telegrafnoye agentstvo Sovetskogo Soyuza) is the primary amplifier of the narrative, driving 10% of the narratives amplified.
  • Russian media focused on vilifying the West’s involvement in the Russia-Ukraine War and the necessity for Xi’s intervention, while Chinese media focused on portraying Xi as a global peace broker.
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