Russia's Putin hails 'unpredecented' China ties at Kremlin talks with Xi

Saul Bowman
June 8, 2019

The decision to upgrade bilateral ties to "comprehensive strategic partnership of coordination in new era" was announced by Chinese President Xi Jinping and Russian President Vladimir Putin following their summit in Moscow on Wednesday, state-owned Xinhua said in a brief report.

The past 70 years have fully proved that China and Russian Federation are good neighbors and true partners, as they were before and will be in the future, Xi said.

China and Russia 'have strong political mutual trust, and support each other firmly on issues concerning each other's core interests and major concerns, ' Xi said during an interview with Russian media ahead of the visit.

Mr Xi unveiled two panda bears at the Moscow Zoo which will remain a long-lasting reminder of the visit. It also takes place against the backdrop of the worldwide order facing challenges of unilateralism and protectionism, and the global economy enduring the ongoing trade dispute between China and the United States, the two largest economies in the world.

Russian Federation and China have stepped up their economic and defence ties and are coordinating more closely on major worldwide issues such as Syria, Iran and North Korea, amid a shared opposition to USA global dominance.

The two countries will always cherish their unbreakable bond forged with lives and blood during the Soviet Union's Great Patriotic War and the Chinese People's War of Resistance against Japanese Aggression, in which the army and people of the two countries fought side by side against fascism, Xi said.

The two leaders will also see a performance at Moscow's famed Bolshoi Theatre.


Russian Federation is expanding trade with China as Western nations are imposing economic sanctions on Moscow.

For Russia, whose alternative for economic growth is launching deep reforms and reconciling with the West, gradually increasing dependence on China "is perceived as the lesser of two evils", said Mr. Gabuev - provided it did not reach critical levels.

After meeting with Putin on Wednesday, Xi will attend a glitzy economic forum in St. Petersburg, Russia's answer to Davos.

The president called on the two countries to enhance support for each other, seek greater synergy between their development strategies, expand areas of cooperation, and play a more constructive role in global affairs.

Putin's foreign policy aide, Yuri Ushakov, earlier called China "Russia's most important economic partner".

Moscow's relations with Washington have been at a post-Cold War low for some time now, and Beijing is locked in a trade war with the US.

Though Russia has little economic heft when compared with the United States, the two leaders are also expected to discuss Russia's energy exports to China, analysts said.

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