Xi-Putin sum­mit boosts China-Rus­sia re­la­tions

Global Times - Weekend - - OPINION -

Rus­sian Pres­i­dent Vladimir Putin ar­rived in China on Fri­day to kick off his first state visit to the coun­try since re-elec­tion and at­tend the Shang­hai Co­op­er­a­tion Or­ga­ni­za­tion (SCO) sum­mit in Qing­dao. This is also Chi­nese Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping’s first meet­ing with Putin since Xi be­gan his new pres­i­den­tial term. There have been five meet­ings in 2017 be­tween the two lead­ers and each meet­ing was sig­nif­i­cant in re­in­forc­ing the China-Rus­sia com­pre­hen­sive strate­gic part­ner­ship and broad­en­ing bi­lat­eral co­op­er­a­tion.

As one spe­cial item on Putin’s agenda, Xi on Fri­day awarded the first Friend­ship Medal of the Peo­ple’s Repub­lic of China to Putin at the Great Hall of the Peo­ple. This is no doubt a cheer­ful mo­ment for both coun­tries.

In­ter­na­tional geopo­lit­i­cal en­vi­ron­ment has wit­nessed many com­pli­cated changes in recent years. Dur­ing that time, the China-Rus­sia com­pre­hen­sive strate­gic part­ner­ship has pro­vided sup­port for the diplo­matic sta­bil­ity of both coun­tries and played a con­struc­tive role in main­tain­ing global strate­gic sta­bil­ity and bal­ance. There are fa­vor­able con­tem­po­rary con­di­tions for China and Rus­sia to be­come close part­ners, but the two coun­tries are also sub­ject to other dis­tur­bances. The strate­gic de­ter­mi­na­tion from both lead­ers to res­o­lutely de­velop China-Rus­sia re­la­tions as well as their lead­er­ship have played a de­ci­sive role.

The US is strate­gi­cally con­tain­ing both China and Rus­sia. Western me­dia fre­quently at­tacked the two coun­tries, yet the West can­not rep­re­sent the en­tire world. Strate­gic com­po­sure of China and Rus­sia is one of the ma­jor con­trib­u­tors to world peace and jus­tice. China and Rus­sia’s mu­tual sup­port up­held the sound at­mos­phere in the in­ter­na­tional re­la­tions and con­trib­uted to the pro­tec­tion of di­ver­sity of hu­man civ­i­liza­tion.

The com­pre­hen­sive strate­gic part­ner­ship sug­gests that the two coun­tries sup­port each other back-to-back, but both coun­tries main­tain a pos­i­tive at­ti­tude in de­vel­op­ing re­la­tions with other ma­jor pow­ers, in­clud­ing those in the West. China-Rus­sia re­la­tions were not used as lever­age in hos­tile sit­u­a­tions with a third county. When you have a pow­er­ful friend, mak­ing friends be­comes eas­ier but it doesn’t mean other friends are less im­por­tant. This has al­ways been the in­ner value in China-Rus­sia re­la­tions.

Both coun­tries should cher­ish the pos­i­tive mo­men­tum of China-Rus­sia com­pre­hen­sive strate­gic part­ner­ship. Both coun­tries should do more to im­prove friendly co­op­er­a­tion and pro­mote friendly public opin­ions.

The equal, mu­tu­ally ben­e­fi­cial and co­op­er­a­tive China-Rus­sia re­la­tions have deeply im­pacted the devel­op­ment of SCO. Western me­dia are al­ways able to find dif­fer­ences be­tween SCO mem­bers but co­op­er­a­tion be­tween SCO mem­bers only deep­ens. This is the charisma of a new type of in­ter­na­tional re­la­tions.

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