China-Rus­sia re­la­tions are un­shak­able, Xi says

Pres­i­dent re­ceives high honor for friend­ship in meet­ing with Putin

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - FRONT PAGE - By AN BAIJIE in Moscow an­bai­jie@chi­

Bei­jing’s spe­cial re­la­tion­ship with Moscow will con­tinue to de­velop no mat­ter what hap­pens in the rest of the world, Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping said on Tues­day dur­ing his sixth trip to Rus­sia as China’s top leader.

The two coun­tries are ded­i­cated to boost­ing mu­tual po­lit­i­cal trust, con­nect­ing the Belt and Road with the Eurasian Eco­nomic Union and co­or­di­nat­ing closely in global affairs, Xi said, ad­ding that the bi­lat­eral ties have added pos­i­tive en­ergy on the path to global peace and de­vel­op­ment.

He made a state visit to Rus­sia on Mon­day and Tues­day be­fore trav­el­ing to Germany for a state visit and to at­tend the G20 Sum­mit in Ham­burg.

Xi and Rus­sian Pres­i­dent Vladimir Putin have main­tained close con­tact this year. Xi high­lighted their in­ten­sive talks on Mon­day, dur­ing which the two lead­ers “reached lots of new con­sen­suses”.

China and Rus­sia have al­ways backed each other on is­sues re­lated to each other’s core in­ter­ests, Xi said, ad­ding that the two coun­tries have also main­tained close and ef­fec­tive co­or­di­na­tion on re­gional and global is­sues.

“No mat­ter how the out­side en­vi­ron­ment changes, the China-Rus­sia re­la­tion­ship will not be af­fected,” Xi said.

Not­ing that Xi se­lected Rus­sia as the first coun­try to visit af­ter be­com­ing Chi­nese pres­i­dent in 2013, Putin said Rus­sia ap­pre­ci­ated the ges­ture and cher­ished the friend­ship.

With joint ef­forts made by both sides, the two coun­tries have made progress in the ar­eas of eco­nom­ics, trade, mil­i­tary, tech­nol­ogy and peo­ple-topeo­ple com­mu­ni­ca­tion, Putin said, ad­ding that they have also had con­struc­tive in­ter­ac­tions in in­ter­na­tional affairs.

Two joint state­ments were is­sued on Tues­day out­lin­ing the main po­lit­i­cal out­comes of the visit. One con­cerned bi­lat­eral ties fo­cus­ing on the de­vel­op­ment of China-Rus­sia co­op­er­a­tion in var­i­ous fields. The other dealt with global is­sues, with Rus­sia and China declar­ing a unified po­si­tion on im­por­tant re­gional and in­ter­na­tional mat­ters.

The two pres­i­dents also wit­nessed the sign­ing of a num­ber of doc­u­ments to boost co­op­er­a­tion in such ar­eas as in­vest­ment, en­ergy, fi­nance and agri­cul­ture and ap­proved the 2017-20 im­ple­men­ta­tion out­line for the Treaty of Good-Neigh­bor­li­ness and Friendly Co­op­er­a­tion Be­tween China and Rus­sia.

The for­eign min­istries of both coun­tries also is­sued a joint dec­la­ra­tion on the Korean Penin­sula is­sue.

Putin pre­sented Xi with the Or­der of St. An­drew the Apos­tle, one of Rus­sia’s high­est hon­ors, for his prom­i­nent work in strength­en­ing friend­ship be­tween the peo­ples of Rus­sia and China.

“This is not only an honor for me but also a sym­bol of the great im­por­tance that Rus­sia at­taches to re­la­tions with China, and the Rus­sian peo­ple’s friendly feel­ings to­ward the Chi­nese peo­ple,” Xi said at the award cer­e­mony.

Xi’s meet­ing with Putin was the third so far this year. They have met a to­tal of 22 times.

In early June, Xi and Putin met in Kaza­khstan’s cap­i­tal, As­tana, on the side­lines of a sum­mit of the Shang­hai Co­op­er­a­tion Or­ga­ni­za­tion. Be­fore that, Xi hosted Putin in Bei­jing dur­ing the Belt and Road Fo­rum for In­ter­na­tional Coop- er­a­tion, which brought to­gether dozens of heads of state in May to dis­cuss is­sues of com­mon con­cern.

Zhang Jingquan, a pro­fes­sor of North­east Asian stud­ies at Jilin Uni­ver­sity, said that the steady de­vel­op­ment of China-Rus­sia re­la­tions is good for the sta­bil­ity of the Eurasian con­ti­nent.

Both coun­tries, which have sought po­lit­i­cal so­lu­tions to the Syr­ian con­flict and the Korean Penin­sula nu­clear is­sue, have played the role of a “bal­last stone” in safeguarding re­gional and global peace and sta­bil­ity, Zhang said.

The closer re­la­tion­ship be­tween Xi and Putin has be­come a “lo­co­mo­tive” for ce­ment­ing the two coun­tries’ com­pre­hen­sive strate­gic part­ner­ship of co­or­di­na­tion, said Chen Yurong, a se­nior Eurasian stud­ies re­searcher at the China In­sti­tute of In­ter­na­tional Stud­ies.

China has been Rus­sia’s largest trad­ing part­ner for years, and Rus­sia is China’s ma­jor source of cut­ting-edge ma­chin­ery and other high-tech im­ports.

Last year, China and Rus­sia man­aged to re­verse the down­trend in bi­lat­eral trade, bring­ing up vol­ume by 2.2 per­cent to $69.5 bil­lion.


Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping re­ceives the Or­der of St. An­drew the Apos­tle from Rus­sian Pres­i­dent Vladimir Putin on Tues­day.

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