|President Vladimir Putin of Russia Meets with Vice President Wang Qishan|
On May 24, 2018 local time, President Vladimir Putin of Russia met in St. Petersburg with Vice President Wang Qishan.
Wang Qishan first conveyed President Xi Jinping's sincere greetings and best wishes to Vladimir Putin. He said that President Xi Jinping highly values China-Russia relations, and cherishes the friendship with President Vladimir Putin. President Xi Jinping looks forward to meeting with President Vladimir Putin again to jointly draw a blueprint for the development of China-Russia relations and the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) in the next stage.
Wang Qishan said that the two heads of state have devoted enormous efforts to and injected robust vitality into China-Russia cooperation, leading the constant and forward-looking development of bilateral relations. China-Russia comprehensive strategic partnership of coordination is of great significance to both countries and the world at large. Both countries respect and trust each other and carry out cooperation equally as well as understand and support each other on major international issues, setting an example of major-country relations in the current world, as well as making important contributions to safeguarding global strategic stability and promoting the building of a new type of international relations and a community with a shared future for mankind.
Wang Qishan stressed that it is a choice of history and the people that China and Russia firmly pursue respective development paths suited to the national conditions. Currently, under the leadership of President Xi Jinping, socialism with Chinese characteristics has entered a new era. The Chinese side also firmly believes that under the leadership of President Vladimir Putin, Russia will grow stronger and become more prosperous. China firmly supports Russia's development and rejuvenation, and stands ready to, together with Russia, carry out strategic and long-term cooperation, elevate the level and quality of practical cooperation, and realize the in-depth integration of interests, so as to benefit the two countries and their peoples.
Vladimir Putin asked Wang Qishan to convey his warm greetings and best wishes to President Xi Jinping. He believed that President Xi Jinping will surely lead the Chinese people to continue making new achievements in national building. Vladimir Putin looked forward to visiting China and meeting with President Xi Jinping again. He said that Russia-China relations have constantly maintained high-level development with political mutual trust being increasingly deepened, and practical cooperation being constantly strengthened. Meanwhile, economic and trade structure has been prominently improved; cooperation in major projects has been advanced with acceleration, and people-to-people and cultural as well as regional exchanges and cooperation have become increasingly active. The two countries have intensified communication, coordination and mutual support on major regional and international issues, which serves as a key stabilizing factor in the international community. The Russian side is willing to work with China to further deepen all-round cooperation, cement mutual understanding and support in international affairs and constantly elevate Russia-China comprehensive strategic partnership of coordination to new highs.
On May 25 local time, Wang Qishan attended the 22nd St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF). The theme of the forum is "Building a Trust Economy". Wang Qishan delivered a speech titled building trust and cooperating for common development, in which he noted that today's world is seeing an overwhelming trend of peaceful development, opening up and cooperation as well as innovation and revolution, with both hope and challenges. He pointed out that no country can tackle those challenges alone, and that putting oneself on a pedestal or seeking to be immune from international risks will lead to nowhere. Governments of all countries should enhance mutual trust and cooperation, seize opportunities in a new round of technological and industrial revolution and cultivate new kinetic energy for world economic growth. All countries should follow the trend of economic globalization, properly handle economic and trade disputes through communication and consultation, and jointly oppose trade protectionism. All countries should uphold multilateralism and maintain a stable international economic order, particularly the authority of the multilateral trade system, and jointly improve global economic governance system.
Wang Qishan emphasized that China will unswervingly implement the opening up strategy featuring mutual benefit and win-win results. Various countries in the world are welcome to take part in China's economic development and to share its market opportunities. China is willing to, together with all parties, follow the principles of extensive consultation, joint contribution and shared benefits on the "Belt and Road" international cooperation platform, so as to add new impetus to the common development of the world.
During his stay in Russia, Wang Qishan also met with CEO of Rosneft Igor Sechin, Chairman of the Russia-China Friendship Association Dmitry Mezentsev and other friendly personages, and inspected the comprehensive community project of Pearl of the Baltic Sea.