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Putin humiliated at Xi summit

Putin humiliated at Xi summit

Russian President Vladimir  Putin is having bad times.  His troops are being routed in northwest Ukraine and his high-visibility meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping did not go well at all.

Although it was not made clear in most of the news reports, the Putin/Xi meeting in Uzbekistan was not a one-on-one summit.  It was actually a west Asian conference called by Xi.  Many of the participants were from nations that had broken away from the old Soviet Union – nations that are discomforted by the Madman of Moscow’s ambition to reassemble the USSR.

In addition, China has not been an enthusiastic cheerleader for Putin’s reckless, destabilizing and botched invasion.  Xi did not give the attack on Ukraine his blessing at the onset and refused to provide the military equipment that Putin requested.  With the war and the public relations going so badly for Putin, Xi has not changed his position.

In that audience, Putin was forced to humiliate himself by publicly conceding that he did not have the support of his friend “without limits” as the two autocrats had professed less than a year ago.  Obviously, there are limits.

While Putin feebly expressed the strength of the Russian/Chinese alliance and personal friendship, Xi was more reserved.  He did not echo Putin’s words.  In fact, in his closing statement, Xi diplomatically scolded Putin – saying the Russian leader would have to work toward stabilizing the situation if he wanted to be a world leader.

Ponder that.  Xi was intimating that Putin was NOT a first-class world leader – like himself – and that he was a destabilizing influence in the world.  That is the sort of comment you might expect from President Biden or leaders of NATO.  It was a slap in the face at Putin’s puffed-up self-importance.

Even the imagery worked against Putin.  He IS a little man – and looked “small” in every regard standing next to the more imposing Xi.

Putin got nothing from the meeting.  As they say in diplomatic parlance, there were no “deliverables.”  No pledges for future actions.  No grand endorsement.  And certainly, no military weapons.

Figuratively, Putin slumped away from the meeting with his head down in an expression of utter defeat and humility – returning home where his army continues to lose ground and government officials have the courage and temerity to call for his resignation.

If Putin thought that he was on par with Xi – partner, as it were – the meeting in Uzbekistan proved that Putin is more the child and Xi the parent in this relationship.  Putin came away from the meeting a much-diminished man.

So, there ‘tis.

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Larry Horist

So,there‘tis… The opinions, perspectives and analyses of Larry Horist Larry Horist is a businessman, conservative writer and political strategist with an extensive background in economics and public policy. Clients of his consulting firm have included such conservative icons as Steve Forbes and Milton Friedman. He has served as a consultant to the Nixon White House and travelled the country as a spokesman for President Reagan’s economic reforms. He has testified as an expert witness before numerous legislative bodies, including the U. S. Congress. Horist has lectured and taught courses at numerous colleges and universities, including Harvard, Northwestern, DePaul universities, Hope College and his alma mater, Knox College. He has been a guest on hundreds of public affairs talk shows, and hosted his own program, “Chicago In Sight,” on WIND radio. Horist was a one-time candidate for mayor of Chicago and served as Executive Director of the City Club of Chicago, where he led a successful two-year campaign to save the historic Chicago Theatre from the wrecking ball. An award-winning debater, his insightful and sometimes controversial commentaries appear frequently on the editorial pages of newspapers across the nation. He is praised by readers for his style, substance and sense of humor. According to one reader, Horist is the “new Charles Krauthammer.” He is actively semi-retired in Boca Raton, Florida where he devotes his time to writing. So, there ‘tis is Horist’s signature sign off.


  1. Tom

    I predicted this would all happen over a year ago!

  2. rjoguillory

    ….the lies and propaganda in this piece are embarrassing. As though people cannot form their own opinion and use the facts known to us to realize Putin’s actions are justified and necessary. Hopefully Putin can save the world from the Globalist Cabal, and the propagandist minions such as Larry Horist will crawl back under the rock they slithered out from under…as the Globalist’s ability to purchase souls dries up.

    • larry Horist

      rjoguillory …. You must have loved Hitler. Putin is a murdering despot and war criminal. I see no justification in his actions — brutally killing civilians. Loving a Communist madman is beyond my comprehension. He is the enemy of democracy … and America. I do not see him saving anyone from anything. H is the force of evil. I hate to tell you, but I am not involved with any globalist cabal. My invitation must have gotten lost in the mail.

  3. Terrance Pardee

    Putin will double down on his failed assault on Ukraine. His remaining ground forces are taking high casualties due to poor training and leadership. Trucks, armor and artillery are destroyed at will by the much better trained and equipped Ukrainian forces. Due to advanced anti-aircraft weapons, Russian air superiority, if in fact it actually existed at one time, has also suffered high losses. Troop morale is very low. The only future they see, is an early grave. Not good for those commanders willing to send these young men into “the mouth of the cat.”