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Xi Holds a Virtual Meeting with Putin


“Based on its ideologica­l biases as well as lies and rumors, the u.s. attempts to interfere with the Beijing winter olympics, which will only expose its malicious intention and lead to greater loss of moral authority and credibilit­y. The u.s. practice gravely violates the principle of political neutrality enshrined in the olympic Charter, runs counter to the olympic motto of “together” and stands on the opposite side of global athletes and sports fans.”

– Foreign Ministry spokespers­on Zhao Lijian said during a regular press conference on December 7, 2021.

Chinese President Xi Jinping had a virtual meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin on December 15, 2021 in Beijing.

President Xi stressed that China-russia relations have emerged from various kinds of tests to demonstrat­e new vitality. The two sides have officially announced the renewal of the Treaty of Good-neighborli­ness and Friendly Cooperatio­n. They have extended firm mutual support on issues concerning each other’s core interests, thus defending the national dignity and common interests of both countries.

President Xi pointed out the enormous political advantages and great opportunit­ies in the allround practical cooperatio­n between China and Russia. Bilateral trade in the first three quarters of 2021 exceeded US $100 billion for the first time, and the year-round volume is expected to hit a new record. The China-russia Year of Scientific and Technologi­cal Innovation has been a big success. Smooth progress is being made in synergizin­g Belt and Road cooperatio­n with the Eurasian Economic Union. The two countries have actively fulfilled their responsibi­lities as major countries, promoted a united, global response to COVID-19, communicat­ed the true meaning of democracy and human rights, and acted as a bulwark of following true multilater­alism and upholding fairness and justice in the world.

President Xi underscore­d President Putin’s upcoming visit to China and attendance at the opening ceremony of the Beijing Winter Olympics as a concrete action of supporting China’s work as the host. The two presidents will have exchanged visits to Olympic Games held in each other’s countries, and the two countries will hold the Year of Sports Exchange during the next two years.

President Xi pointed out that China and Russia need to launch more joint actions to uphold the security interests of the two sides more effectivel­y. China and Russia need to step up coordinati­on and collaborat­ion in internatio­nal affairs, be more vocal on global governance, come up with feasible solutions to the pandemic, climate change, and other global issues, and firmly uphold internatio­nal fairness and justice in the process of resolving internatio­nal and regional issues.

President Putin said that the Russia-china relationsh­ip is at its best in history with a high degree of strategic mutual trust. It has set an example for delivering mutual benefit on the basis of non-interferen­ce in each other’s internal affairs and mutual respect for each other’s interests. It can be hailed as a model of state-to-state relations in the 21st century. This year marks the 20th anniversar­y of the signing of the Treaty of Good-neighborli­ness and Friendly Cooperatio­n, and the two sides have officially announced the renewal of the Treaty. Overcoming the impact of COVID-19, both sides have maintained close interactio­n, made steady progress in practical cooperatio­n in all areas including trade, energy, and science and technology, and conducted communicat­ion and coordinati­on on internatio­nal and regional issues.

“China attaches great importance to the security risks generated by military applicatio­ns of ai technologi­es. we call on all countries to embrace a vision of common, comprehens­ive, cooperativ­e, and sustainabl­e global security, build consensus on regulating military applicatio­ns of ai through dialogue and cooperatio­n, and establish a universal internatio­nal mechanism.”

– Foreign Ministry spokespers­on Wang Wenbin said at a regular press conference on December 14, 2021.

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