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Xi Jinping Holds Talks with President Vladimir Putin of Russia

On June 8, 2018, President Xi Jinping held talks with President Vladimir Putin of Russia at the Great Hall of the People. The two heads of state jointly agreed to uphold the concept of everlasting friendship and the spirit of strategic coordination, and expand and deepen cooperation in various fields so as to promote China-Russia relations to achieve greater development at a high level in the new era. Member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China and Vice Premier Han Zheng attended the talks.

Xi Jinping once again congratulated Vladimir Putin on his beginning of the new presidential term and praised Vladimir Putin for choosing China as the first country to visit in his new term. Xi Jinping pointed out that China-Russia comprehensive strategic partnership of coordination is mature, stable and firm. No matter how the international situation changes, China and Russia have always firmly supported each other in maintaining core interests, conducted in-depth cooperation in various fields, and jointly participated in global governance in an active manner, playing the role as the anchor in promoting the building of a new type of international relations and the building of a community with a shared future for mankind. China is willing to make joint and consistent efforts with Russia to consolidate mutual trust at a high level, expand cooperation in various fields, deepen people-to-people and cultural exchanges and mutual learning, intensify international coordination and cooperation, pass on the concept of everlasting friendship between China and Russia from generation to generation, and constantly enrich the strategic connotation of coordination between the two countries, in a bid to promote China-Russia relations to advance and renew with each passing day, and benefit the people of the two countries.

Xi Jinping stressed that under the joint efforts of both sides, China-Russia cooperation in various fields at present has maintained a strong momentum, and the integration of interests has been constantly deepened. The docking between the “Belt and Road” construction and the Eurasian Economic Union has achieved important early harvests. The two sides should earnestly study new ideas and new measures for cooperation in various fields and translate the advantages of bilateral high-level political relations into more practical cooperation achievements. Both sides should strengthen people-to-people and cultural cooperation between the two countries and enhance the friendship between the two peoples.

Xi Jinping pointed out that as permanent members of the United Nations (UN) Security Council, China and Russia firmly uphold the international order and international system with the purposes and principles of the UN Charter as the core, advocate democracy in international relations, promote the process of the political settlement of hotspot issues, and continue to play an active role in safeguarding world peace and international strategic stability. China is willing to work together with all member states of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO), including Russia, to take the Qingdao Summit as an opportunity to further carry forward the “Shanghai Spirit” and ensure the continued, healthy and stable development of the SCO.

Vladimir Putin said that deepening Russia-China comprehensive strategic partnership of coordination is the priority of Russia’s diplomacy. Both Russia and China accommodate each other’s core interests and major concerns, actively promote dialogue and cooperation in various fields including politics, economy and people-to-people and cultural engagement, and intensify communication and coordination in international affairs. Bilateral relations have reached the best level in history and become a model of country-to-country relations in the world today, which has played an important role in safeguarding international peace, security and stability. Russia is willing to strengthen cooperation with China in economy, trade, investment, energy and infrastructure. Russia appreciates China’s efforts as the SCO presidency in promoting cooperation among the member states, and supports China in successfully hosting the Qingdao Summit. Russia stands ready to intensify coordination and cooperation between the two sides in international and regional affairs and within the multilateral frameworks including the UN, the BRICS countries, and the G20.

The two heads of state listened to the reports of the principals of the cooperation committees in various fields between both countries and the foreign ministers of the two countries, and exchanged in-depth views on issues of common concern including the situation on the Korean Peninsula and the Iranian nuclear issue.

After the talks, the two heads of state jointly signed the Joint Statement Between the People’s Republic of China and the Russian Federation, witnessed the signing of multiple bilateral cooperation documents and jointly met with Chinese and foreign journalists.

Prior to the talks, Xi Jinping held a welcoming ceremony for Vladimir Putin at the square outside the East Gate of the Great Hall of the People. Han Zheng, Ding Xuexiang, Wang Chen, Sun Chunlan, Yang Jiechi, Hu Chunhua, Wang Yi, Liu Qibao, He Lifeng and others attended the ceremony.

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