Xi, Putin cement ties in Moscow | Daily News

Xi, Putin cement ties in Moscow

Chinese President Xi Jinping and Russian President Vladimir Putin attend an opening ceremony of a giant panda house in the Moscow Zoo on Wednesday.
Chinese President Xi Jinping and Russian President Vladimir Putin attend an opening ceremony of a giant panda house in the Moscow Zoo on Wednesday.

RUSSIA: China and Russia should treasure the valuable mutual trust established by both sides “just as we cherish our own eyes”, President Xi Jinping said during his state visit to Russia on Wednesday.

Xi made the remarks alongside Russian President Vladimir Putin while addressing a gathering in Moscow celebrating the 70th anniversary of diplomatic ties between the two countries.

Solid mutual political trust is the most significant characteristic of Sino-Russian relations, of which firm mutual support is the core value, Xi said.

The gathering was held after Xi and Putin signed an agreement to upgrade bilateral relations to a comprehensive strategic partnership of coordination for a new era.

Addressing an audience at the famous Bolshoi Theatre, Xi said that the China-Russia relationship in the new era should be built upon mutual trust and strong strategic support, and called on the two countries to have candid and in-depth communication and exchanges on major issues such as fundamental principles, policies of domestic and external affairs, and development strategies.

He said the two sides should better support each other on issues concerning their respective core interests, keep a steady hand on the strategic direction of bilateral relations and say no to interference or sabotage by anyone regarding their bilateral ties.

Xi pointed out that China and Russia should deepen integration of common interests and enhance connections in the new era of China-Russia relations.

As both China and Russia are at critical periods of development, Xi said that the two nations should join hands to achieve prosperity together.

The two countries will continue to connect the Belt and Road with the Eurasian Economic Union, promote the implementation of major strategic projects and tap the potential of cooperation in emerging areas, Xi said.

Xi also highlighted the importance of strengthening people-to-people exchanges, saying that more activities in education, culture, sports, tourism, media and youth areas will be launched to bring the people’s hearts together and let the traditional friendship continue.

In his speech, Xi said that China and Russia, both major countries and permanent members of the United Nations Security Council, should work together with the international community to firmly safeguard the international system with the UN at its core, and promote multipolarization of the world and democratization of international relations while building a more prosperous, stable and fair world.

Earlier in the day, Xi and Putin signed two joint declarations — one to upgrade bilateral relations to a comprehensive strategic partnership of coordination for a new era and the other to strengthen global strategic stability.

According to the joint statement on the strategic partnership, the China-Russian relationship has entered a new era, and is facing new opportunities for greater development.

The statement said that the goal of such a new kind of partnership is for both sides to give more support to each other as they seek to take their own development paths, preserve respective core interests and protect sovereignty and territorial integrity.

In his talks with Putin, Xi noted that this is his first state visit to Russia following his reelection as Chinese President last year, and is the eighth time he traveled to the country since 2013.

The China-Russia relationship is seeing a continuous, steady and sound development at a high level, and is at its best in history, Xi said. Noting that the world today is becoming increasingly uncertain and unstable, Xi said enhancing the China-Russia relationship is the call of history, and a firm strategic choice by both sides.

Russia and China should continue to strengthen coordination on major international and regional issues, jointly deal with the challenges of unilateralism and protectionism and maintain global peace and stability.

Putin also said Russia is ready to provide China with sufficient oil and gas, and export more agricultural products to China, and he expects a faster alignment between the Eurasian Economic Union and the BRI.

- CHINA DAILY


 

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