"China is willing to work with Russia to continue supporting each other on their respective core interests concerning sovereignty and security," Xi said, "as well as on their major concerns, deepening their strategic coordination, and strengthening communication and coordination in such important international and regional organizations as the United Nations, the BRICS mechanism, and the Shanghai Cooperation Organization."
He also said the CCP was ready to work jointly with Russia to promote engagement with developing nations in order to shape the international order to better benefit the two countries.
"The Chinese side stands ready to work with the Russian side to push for steady and long-term development of practical bilateral cooperation," Xi said.
In an announcement of the phone call, a Kremlin spokesperson said Xi acknowledged the "legitimacy of Russia's actions in protecting its fundamental national interests in the face of security challenges created by external forces." The statement was likely a reference to Russian propaganda that the ongoing war in Ukraine was an effort to prevent NATO expansion.
Ukraine wasn't under consideration for NATO membership at the time of Russia's invasion of the country in February and would be denied such membership on the basis that NATO applicants must maintain territorial integrity over all their claimed lands, which Ukraine doesn't.
At present, the CCP continues to heavily censor talk of the war on social media within mainland China and refuses to refer to it as a war, parroting the Russian stance that it's a "special military operation."
The Kremlin has announced support for the CCP's claims on Taiwan and stated that it opposes international attempts to influence ongoing events in Taiwan, Xinjiang, and Hong Kong.
"We are now at a point where we’ll need to share a lot more of our nuclear planning and nuclear operations and how we would resort to nuclear weapons, not just conventional deterrence, but the roles that U.S. nuclear weapons would play in a crisis," David Santoro, president of the Pacific Forum, a foreign policy think tank, said in April.
"Unfortunately, you know, we sometimes talk about strategic stability as the organizing principle between U.S.–Russia and U.S.–China relations. I don't think that we are able to reach stability right now. We're in a very, very bad place with both of them."
There was no immediate clarification as to what qualified as a "non-war" military action in the CCP’s thinking. However, Russia's ongoing war in Ukraine presents one possible interpretation, given that neither Russia nor China acknowledges the conflict as a war.