Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chinese President Xi Jinping on Tuesday pledged closer cooperation between their respective countries in preventing trade protectionism, as the Trump administration pursues trade renegotiations with China and sanctions on Russia.

“Amid the quickly changing international situation and the factors of instability and unpredictability, the cooperation of Russia and China takes on greater and greater importance,” Xi told Putin during a joint appearance at the Eastern Economic Forum in Vladivostok, according to Bloomberg.

Xi did not directly reference the U.S., but said, according to the Financial Times, that Russia and China needed to coordinate to “oppose the policy of unilateral actions and trade protectionism.”

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