Russian-Chinese negotiations held at the Kremlin
After holding talks with President of the People’s Republic of China Xi Jinping, the President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin announced that relations between Russia and China have reached an unprecedented new level. He talked about the comprehensive partnership and strategic cooperation between Russia and China.
The two leaders also discussed the implementation of economic and humanitarian projects. Following the talks, a ceremony of exchange of documents on cooperation across various spheres was held. The Mayor of Moscow Sergei Sobyanin took part in it.
“In each sphere, we not only developed the mechanisms of cooperation, but are also conducting concrete, in-depth work. As we have all seen, the result is that a solid packet of documents has been signed. I would especially like to point out the Joint Statement on the Development of Comprehensive Partnership Relations and Strategic Cooperation, in which new ambitious objectives and long-term guidelines for cooperation are outlined,” said the President of Russia.
As Vladimir Putin pointed out, China is Russia’s leading partner in foreign trade. Last year, trade between the countries grew by 25 percent, reaching a record $108 billion. Investment cooperation is also developing. About 30 projects totaling $22 billion are being implemented with the participation of Chinese partners and capital, 3.5 billion of which are associated with the development of the Far East. Vladimir Putin stressed that Russia and China intend to use their national currencies in bilateral trade .
“Bilateral cultural cooperation is multidimensional in nature. As part of a three-year program of cooperation between Russia and China, cultural and cinema festivals take place, educational, youth, and sports exchanges take place, and bilateral tourism is actively developing. Last year, China was visited by about 2.2 million Russians. In turn, more than 1.7 million citizens of the PRC visited our country,” he said.
Chairman of the People’s Republic of China Xi Jinping also talked about an unprecedented level of mutual cooperation. He noted that, right now, new opportunities are opening up for both countries. The Chinese leader also stressed the importance of achieving peace and development.
“We have a long and difficult path ahead of us to achieve peace and development. The leading world powers and permanent members of the UN Security Council of China and Russia will, together with the international community, show a sense of duty, resolutely protect the international system under the auspices of the UN and on the basis of international law, actively promote the political settlement of hot spot issues, protect the multilateral trading system and contribute positive energy to the extremely difficult international situation, making new contributions to building a common destiny of mankind, ” the President of the PRC said.