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04 February 2022, 17:31

Xi: Putin meeting will enhance ties


BEIJING, 4 February (BelTA - China Daily). - President Xi Jinping on Friday said his meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin will inject more vitality into China-Russia relations.

Xi held talks with Putin in Beijing ahead of the Beijing 2022 Olympic Winter Games opening ceremony scheduled on Friday night.

'Get-together for the Winter Olympics'

Xi recalled his attendance at the opening ceremony of the Sochi Olympic Winter Games in Russia in 2014 when they agreed to meet again eight years later in Beijing.

Xi said Putin's visit has realized their "get-together for the Winter Olympics."

Xi expressed his willingness to jointly carry forward the Olympic spirit with Putin and friends from across the world.

High-level mutual trust

Xi said he stands ready to work with Putin to chart the future and provide guidance for bilateral relations under new historical circumstances.

Xi said he is willing to work with Putin to promote the continuous transformation of high-level mutual trust between China and Russia into results of cooperation in all fields and bring real benefits to the people of the two countries. (Read more)

Launch of the Years of Sports Exchanges

Xi said he is ready to jointly announce with Putin the official launch of the Years of Sports Exchanges between the two countries.

The Years of Sports Exchange between China and Russia, with various kinds of activities to be carried out, can deepen mutual understanding and traditional friendship between the two peoples, Xi said.

Back-to-back strategic coordination

Xi stressed commitment between China and Russia to deepening back-to-back strategic coordination in the face of profound and complex changes in the international situation.

The strategic choice, which has far-reaching impacts on both countries and the world at large, has never been and will never be shaken, said Xi.

Xi called on both sides to continue to maintain close high-level exchanges, give strong support to each other in safeguarding sovereignty, security and development interests, effectively respond to external interference and regional security threats, and maintain international strategic stability.

All-round pragmatic cooperation

China is ready to work with Russia to push for more achievements in all-round pragmatic cooperation, Xi stressed.

He called for implementing the roadmap for high-quality development of China-Russia trade in goods and services.

"China and Russia should strengthen their energy strategic partnership, and steadily advance major oil and gas cooperation projects," he said. (Read more)

Bigger roles for SCO, BRICS mechanisms

China is ready to work with Russia to enable the BRICS cooperation mechanism to play a bigger role in upholding multilateralism, strengthening anti-pandemic cooperation and promoting economic recovery, and make a greater contribution to global development while realizing the development of the five BRICS countries, he said.

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