In phone call with Putin, he says bonds between the countries can't be broken
President Xi Jinping underlined the importance of strategic
coordination between China and Russia on Monday, saying that
strengthening the countries' partnership can effectively frustrate any
attempt to suppress them and harm their relationship.
He said the bilateral relationship cannot be influenced by the
changes in the international situation or affected by other factors,
adding that the two countries should join hands to safeguard
Xi made the remarks in a phone conversation with his Russian
counterpart, Vladimir Putin, in which they extended New Year's greetings
to each other and the people of the two countries.
China would like to develop its comprehensive strategic partnership
of coordination for a new era with Russia, pursue development and
prosperity for the two sides, and make more contributions to the
building of the new type of international relations and a community with
a shared future for mankind, Xi said.
Xi said the COVID-19 pandemic has brought unprecedented, serious
challenges to the lives and health of mankind, affected the global
economy and led to world turbulence and transformation.
Hailing their bilateral ties as gold that can stand the test of fire,
Xi said the special quality and great value of China-Russia relations
has become more obvious in the face of danger and difficulties.
The two countries have taken the lead in international cooperation in
the fight against COVID-19, promoted the alignment of the Belt and Road
Initiative with the Eurasian Economic Union, and jointly celebrated the
75th anniversary of victory in the World Anti-Fascist War and the
founding of the United Nations, Xi said.
China and Russia have played a key role under the frameworks of the
G20, the Shanghai Cooperation Organization and BRICS to safeguard
international justice and promote multilateralism, he added.
Xi stressed that the Sino-Russian Good-Neighborly Treaty of
Friendship and Cooperation has established the concept of being friendly
from generation to generation and the principle of building a new type
of international relations.
The two countries should take the 20th anniversary of the treaty next
year as an opportunity to deepen their cooperation, Xi said.
Putin said that despite the pandemic, Russia-China relations have
progressed steadily, and the two countries have supported each other in
such areas as disease control, trade and science and technology.
Hailing the 20th anniversary of the treaty as a milestone for
bilateral ties, Putin said that Russia is dedicated to the high-level
development of the Russia-China comprehensive strategic partnership of
Russia would like to continue mutual support with China on issues
related to their core interests, strengthen coordination and cooperation
on international affairs and make contributions to maintaining the
strategic stability of the world, he said.