China, Rus­sia should sup­port each other, Xi tells Putin

China Daily (USA) - - ACROSS AMERICAS - By AN BAIJIE in Hangzhou an­bai­jie@chi­nadaily.com.cn

China and Rus­sia should firmly sup­port each other’s ef­forts to safe­guard sovereignty, se­cu­rity and devel­op­ment in­ter­ests, Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping said on Sun­day.

Xi made the re­marks in a meet­ing with Rus­sian Pres­i­dent Vladimir Putin on the side­lines of the G20 Sum­mit in Hangzhou.

The two coun­tries should push for­ward prac­ti­cal co­op­er­a­tion in ar­eas such as in­fra­struc­ture con­struc­tion, en­ergy, avi­a­tion, aero­space and high-tech­nol­ogy, Xi said, adding that bi­lat­eral mil­i­tary ex­changes and se­cu­rity co­op­er­a­tion should also be strength­ened.

China and Rus­sia should strengthen co­or­di­na­tion in in­ter­na­tional and re­gional af­fairs to safe­guard jus­tice and pro­mote world peace, he said.

Xi also called for the align­ment of China’s Belt and Road Ini­tia­tive with the Rus­sia-led Eurasian Eco­nomic Union.

A suc­cess­ful G20 Sum­mit could meet the de­mands of a de­vel­op­ing global econ­omy and is in the com­mon in­ter­est of all mem­bers, in­clud­ing China and Rus­sia, Xi said.

Dur­ing Putin’s state visit to China in June, the two na­tions is­sued three joint dec­la­ra­tions and signed some 30 co­op­er­a­tive agree­ments.

Such col­lab­o­ra­tion re­flects the shared stance of China and Rus­sia on key in­ter­na­tional and re­gional is­sues, with both sides mak­ing sim­i­lar com­ments on safe­guard­ing global strate­gic se­cu­rity and world peace, Xi said.

Putin said Rus­sia would like to join with China to share po­lit­i­cal trust and their peo­ple’s friend­ship to stim­u­late eco­nomic co­op­er­a­tion.

The two coun­tries should en­hance co­op­er­a­tion in trade, in­vest­ment, fi­nance, en­ergy, science and tech­nol­ogy, to bring real ben­e­fits to peo­ple on both sides, he added.

He voiced sup­port for the G20 Sum­mit theme and agenda set by China and said he hoped the sum­mit will be a suc­cess.

This year marks the 20th an­niver­sary of the coun­tries’ es­tab­lish­ing a strate­gic part­ner­ship of co­or­di­na­tion, as well as the 15th an­niver­sary of the sign­ing of the China-Rus­sia Treaty of Good Neigh­borly Friend­ship and Co­op­er­a­tion.

Con­tact be­tween the top lead­ers of China and Rus­sia has been fre­quent in re­cent years, sometimes five or six meet­ings a year, which re­flects the strate­gic im­por­tance of bi­lat­eral ties, said Jin Yong, deputy head of the School of For­eign Stud­ies at Com­mu­ni­ca­tion Univer­sity of China.

Chen Yurong, di­rec­tor of Eurasian stud­ies at the China In­sti­tute of In­ter­na­tional Stud­ies, added that co­op­er­a­tion in in­fra­struc­ture and en­ergy in­dus­tries are at the top of the agenda for China-Rus­sia ex­changes.

“Bei­jing is push­ing for­ward the Belt and Road Ini­tia­tive, aimed at im­prov­ing con­nec­tiv­ity in Eura­sia, while Moscow needs sup­port to counter de­clin­ing oil prices,” she said.

Bei­jing is push­ing for­ward the Belt and Road Ini­tia­tive ... while Moscow needs sup­port to counter de­clin­ing oil prices.” Chen Yurong, di­rec­tor of Eurasian stud­ies at the China In­sti­tute of In­ter­na­tional Stud­ies

NI­CO­LAS ASFOURI / REUTERS

Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping and Rus­sian Pres­i­dent Vladimir Putin ar­rive for the G20 Sum­mit in Hangzhou, Zhe­jiang prov­ince, on Sun­day.

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