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Starting a New Journey of Sino-Russian Comprehensive Strategic Cooperative Partnership
2019-05-21
BEIJING, May 29 (Xinhua) -- Feature: Starting a New Journey of Sino-Russian Comprehensive Strategic Cooperation Partnership-Written at the Time of President Xi Jinping's State Visit to Russia and His Attendance at St. Petersburg International Economic Forum
 
Xinhua News Agency reporter Zhao Yan
 
In June, President Xi Jinping will soon begin his visit to Russia. After just over a month, the heads of state of China and Russia will shake hands again, and Sino-Russian relations will usher in another glorious moment.
 
At the invitation of Russian President Putin, President Xi Jinping will pay a state visit to Russia from June 5 to 7 and attend the 23rd St. Petersburg International Economic Forum. The heads of state of China and Russia will talk about friendship and plan a blueprint at a new historical starting point, leading China and Russia to enter a new era of comprehensive strategic cooperation.
 
Looking at the Future and Pushing Up Bilateral Relations
 
This is President Xi Jinping's first state visit to Russia since he was re-elected. This visit coincides with the joint celebration of the 70th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and Russia. President Xi Jinping and President Putin will comprehensively summarize the development experience of bilateral relations in the past 70 years, make strategic plans for the future development of bilateral relations, and promote the upgrading of bilateral relations.
 
During his visit, President Xi Jinping will hold state activities with President Putin, jointly attend a series of rich and colorful cultural exchange activities such as the 70th anniversary celebration of Sino-Russian diplomatic relations, and sign or witness the signing of important cooperation documents.
 
From the establishment of a "Sino-Russian strategic cooperative partnership oriented towards the 21st century with equal trust" to a "Sino-Russian comprehensive strategic cooperative partnership with equal trust, mutual support, common prosperity and generation-to-generation friendship" to a "new stage of Sino-Russian comprehensive strategic cooperative partnership", Sino-Russian relations have been continuously upgraded. Thanks to the top-level planning and strategic guidance of the heads of state of the two countries, China and Russia have deepened their strategic cooperation, and the social foundation for generations of friendly people between the two countries has become more stable.
 
Last year, the bilateral trade volume between China and Russia historically exceeded 100 billion US dollars, up 27.1% year-on-year, ranking first among China's top 10 trading partners. The cooperation between the two countries in energy, nuclear energy, aerospace and other fields has also been further deepened.
 
Sino-Russian cooperation in infrastructure construction has been highlighted. Agricultural products trade has become more active. Local cooperation mechanisms have been gradually improved, and full coverage of fields and regions has been achieved. In the field of people-to-people exchanges, in recent years, the launching of large-scale state-level activities such as the "National Year", "Language Year", "Tourism Year", "Youth Friendly Exchange Year" and "Media Exchange Year" has effectively narrowed the distance between the two peoples. The two countries have also actively expanded new dimensions of cooperation in the fields of digital economy, small and medium-sized enterprises, high and new technologies, far east development and arctic development.
 
Mutual Support and Promotion of Open and Cooperation
 
During his visit, President Xi Jinping will attend the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum for the first time. The Russian media described President Xi Jinping's visit as "conferring a special status on the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum". Their eagerness was beyond words. The theme of the plenary session of this forum is "building a sustainable development agenda". President Xi Jinping will address the plenary session of the forum to elaborate China's important propositions in the field of sustainable development. Against the background of the rise of protectionism and unilateralism, China has attracted widespread attention in this important international arena by advocating multilateralism and improving global governance.
 
In recent years, it has become common practice for China and Russia to support each other in holding major home-court diplomatic activities. Last September, President Xi Jinping went to Vladivostok to attend the 4th Eastern Economic Forum. In April this year, President Putin came to China to attend the 2nd "the Belt and Road " Summit Forum on International Cooperation. The two heads of state met for the first time in the year. The handshake across the Eurasian continent shows the particularity, importance and high level of Sino-Russian relations.
 
St. Petersburg International Economic Forum is a large international economic forum organized by Russia. In recent years, facing the sustained economic and financial sanctions imposed by the west, Russia, through the platform of St Petersburg International Economic Forum, has issued a voice advocating fair competition and opposing protectionism. China has sent delegations to participate in economic forums for many years in a row, and has declared to the international community its clear stand of unswervingly adhering to opening up to the outside world, firmly safeguarding the open world economy and the multilateral trading system, and opposing unilateralism and protectionism.
 
The "Belt and Road" and the Euro-Asian Economic Union's docking has been the hot topic of the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum in recent years. Yaroslav Lisoweric, director of research and planning of the Russian Valdai Club, pointed out that the "Belt and Road " plays an important role in promoting the integration process, and the docking of the Eurasian Economic Union and "Belt and Road " will promote the foreign economic development and integration process of Russia and Eurasian countries.
 
Joining hands to advance and jointly protect fairness and justice
 
The leaders of China and Russia continue the tradition of annual high-frequency visits and bilateral meetings on major multilateral occasions formed over the years to coordinate their positions on major international and regional issues and set an example for the construction of a new type of international relations.
 
From the promotion of the establishment of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization to the establishment of cooperation mechanisms between China, Russia, India, China, Russia and Mongolia, from the innovation within the BRICS mechanism to coordination within the framework of the Group of Twenty, the strategic cooperation between China and Russia has long gone beyond the scope of bilateral relations and is reflected in many aspects of international and regional affairs. The two countries jointly advocate the maintenance of international law and the basic norms of international relations, adhere to multilateralism, and are committed to maintaining global strategic stability and promoting a more just and reasonable development of the international order.
 
Dmitry Novikov, first vice-chairman of the International Relations Committee of the State Duma of Russia (House of Commons of parliament), said that China had always advocated the concept of mutually beneficial and win-win cooperation and opposed bullying. Russia and China were highly consistent on this point. "Russia-China friendship fully conforms to the long-term interests of the two countries and the people of the world. Russia-China cooperation, which is at the highest level in history and provides an advanced cooperation model for the world today."
 
At a time when the international situation is facing profound and complex changes and hot regional and global issues are constantly emerging, China and Russia have set an example of harmonious coexistence and win-win cooperation among neighbors and big countries through high-level mutual cooperation, and have interpreted the theme of peace and development with actions. As Wang Yi, Minister of Foreign Affairs, said, "as long as China and Russia stand together, the world will have more peace, more security and more stability." Sergei Luganin, director of the Far East Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences, also said, "We may not be able to predict exactly what will happen in the world in the next 10 years, but what is clear is that Russia and China will continue to deepen their strategic partnership of cooperation and jointly safeguard world peace and security."
 
Over the past 70 years, Sino-Russian relations have gone through ups and downs and become increasingly mature, stable and tenacious. They have become a pair of great power relations with the highest degree of mutual trust, the highest level of cooperation and the highest strategic value. There are solid reasons to believe that Sino-Russian relations will continue to develop into a new era of greater development and make greater contributions to the well-being of the two peoples and the peaceful development of the world. (Participating Reporters: Luan Hai, Zhang Xiao, Liu Yang)