China seeks to promote international strategic coordination with Russia
Chinese President Xi Jinping said on Sunday he is ready to join his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, in consolidating political and strategic mutual trust, and expanding bilateral all-around pragmatic cooperation.
Xi made the pledge in his New Year greeting to Putin.
In the message, Xi, on behalf of the Chinese government and the people, extended his sincere greetings and fine wishes to President Putin and the Russian people.
China seeks to promote international strategic coordination with Russia, and to work for new fruits in the development of bilateral ties, he said.
Chinese President Xi Jinping (R) meets with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin at the Kremlin in Moscow, capital of Russia, July 3, 2017. /Xinhua Photo
Noting that 2018 and 2019 will be the years of cooperation and exchanges between the two countries at local levels, Xi said the events will surely boost local exchanges of China and Russia, and help build popularity for the idea that the two sides share a long-standing friendship and together seek common development and prosperity.
Xi said the passing year has seen important progress in the development of the China-Russia comprehensive strategic partnership of coordination, adding that the two sides have shown firm support for each other on questions concerning their respective core interests, and reaped a key early harvest in combining the China-proposed Belt and Road Initiative with Russia’s Eurasian Economic Union.
The Chinese president also noted that the strategic and major projects of the two countries have been steadily moving forward, and the cooperation in innovation and agriculture, as well as people-to-people and media exchanges have been flourishing.
China and Russia have also maintained close and effective coordination in international and regional affairs, and have made important contribution in preserving world peace and stability, Xi added.
Chinese Premier Li Keqiang (R) shakes hands with his Russian counterpart Dmitry Medvedev at the 22nd China-Russia Prime Ministers’ Regular Meeting in Beijing, capital of China, Nov. 1, 2017. /Xinhua Photo
Chinese Premier Li Keqiang also exchanged New Year greetings with his Russian counterpart Dmitry Medvedev on Sunday, and both praised the development of bilateral cooperation.
In his message, Li noted that with the successful conclusion of the 22nd regular meeting between the heads of the Chinese and Russian government in November, the two sides have reached crucial consensus on promoting bilateral all-around pragmatic cooperation, and increased the integration of interests.
Li expressed his willingness to make joint efforts with Medvedev in the coming new year to further promote China-Russia multi-faceted cooperation so as to bear new fruits.
For his part, Medvedev said the China-Russia comprehensive strategic partnership of coordination has developed at an unprecedentedly high level, and major cooperation projects have been implemented smoothly.
Medvedev said he believes bilateral cooperation in key areas will undoubtedly see new results in the coming new year.