Pres­i­dent cites shared goals with Moscow

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - FRONT PAGE - By AN BAIJIE in Moscow and LI XIAOKUN in Bei­jing

Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping said on Mon­day that he is con­fi­dent he can reach con­sen­sus with his Rus­sian coun­ter­part, Vladimir Putin, on deep­en­ing bi­lat­eral re­la­tions and push­ing for­ward co­op­er­a­tion in all ar­eas.

“I be­lieve this trip is def­i­nitely go­ing to yield fruit­ful out­comes,” Xi said in a writ­ten state­ment upon his ar­riv- al at the Moscow air­port on Mon­day.

Xi is paying a two-day state visit to Rus­sia at Putin’s in­vi­ta­tion. Apart from the talks with the Rus­sian pres­i­dent, Xi will also at­tend peo­ple-to-peo­ple ex­change pro­grams jointly hosted by the two coun­tries and meet with peo­ple from all walks of life.

On Tues­day, Xi will fly to Ber­lin for a state visit to Ger­many and then to Ham­burg to at­tend the G20 Sum­mit.

In an in­ter­view with Rus­sian me­dia be­fore his de­par­ture on Mon­day, Xi said that China and Rus­sia hold sim­i­lar views on the essence and dam­age of the US de­ploy­ment of the Ter­mi­nal High Al­ti­tude Area De­fense anti-mis­sile sys­tem in the Repub­lic of Korea and will take nec­es­sary mea­sures, jointly or in­di­vid­u­ally.

He said China and Rus­sia have been in close com­mu­ni­ca­tion and are co­or­di­nat­ing at var­i­ous lev­els on the is­sue.

The de­ploy­ment gravely harms the strate­gic se­cu­rity in­ter­ests of China, Rus­sia and other coun­tries in the re­gion, Xi said.

China and Rus­sia will take nec­es­sary mea­sures, jointly or in­di­vid­u­ally, to safe­guard their na­tional se­cu­rity in­ter­ests and the re­gional strate­gic bal­ance, he said.

On the Korean Pen in­sula is­sue, Xi said China is

co m m i tt ed t o d e n u c l e a r i z - ing the penin­sula, safe­guard­ing its peace and st a b i l i ty an d s e tt li n g d i s a - gree­ments through di­a­logue and con­sul­ta­tion.

China, he added, hopes that other par­ties with an in­ter­est in the Korean Penin­sula will join the push by China and Rus­sia for talks, take up their re­spec­tive re­spon­si­bil­i­ties and place the is­sue on the right track of di­a­logue and con­sul­ta­tion to­ward a ne­go­ti­ated set­tle­ment as soon as pos­si­ble.

China and Rus­sia have main­tained close strate­gic co­or­di­na­tion on global and re­gional af­fairs, serv­ing as a sort of bal­last in safe­guard­ing global and re­gional peace, se­cu­rity and sta­bil­ity, Xi added.

On Bei­jing’s ties with Moscow, Xi de­scribed re­la­tions as be­ing at their “best time in history”, adding that the two na­tions are each other ’s most trust­wor­thy strate­gic part­ners.

The two coun­tries have built high-level po­lit­i­cal and strate­gic trust, the pres­i­dent said, not­ing that they have re­solved all bor­der is­sues left over from history and turned their 4,300-kilo­me­ter bound­ary line into a bond of friend­ship be­tween their two peo­ples.

“Pres­i­dent Putin and I have built good work­ing re­la­tions and have a close per­sonal friend­ship,” Xi said.

Chen Yurong, a se­nior Eurasian stud­ies re­searcher at the China In­sti­tute of In­ter­na­tional Stud­ies, said: “The close work­ing re­la­tion­ship be­tween the two heads of state and their per­sonal friend­ship has be­come a lo­co­mo­tive in the development of bi­lat­eral re­la­tions be­tween China and Rus­sia.

“They can ex­change views on al­most ev­ery­thing, which re­flects the high level of po­lit­i­cal trust be­tween the two coun­tries.”

SERGEI KARPUKHIN / REUTERS

Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping and first lady Peng Liyuan ar­rive at Moscow’s Vnukovo In­ter­na­tional Air­port on Mon­day.

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