Xi Held a Video Meeting with Putin
2021-12-16 14:08

Chinese President Xi Jinping held a video conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Beijing on the afternoon of December 15th.

 

Xi Jinping pointed out that it is a great pleasure to hold the second video conference with you this year at the end of the year, which is also our thirty-seventh meeting since 2013. On many occasions, you praised Sino-Russian relations as "a model of cooperation between countries in the 21st century", firmly supported China in defending its core interests, and opposed attempts to alienate China and Russia. I highly appreciate this and would like to work with you to comprehensively summarize the new achievements in the development of bilateral relations this year, make new plans for cooperation in various fields, and promote the sustained and high-quality development of bilateral relations.

 

Xi Jinping emphasized that at present, the changes in the world in the past century and the epidemic situation in the century are intertwined, and the world has entered a period of turbulent change. Sino-Russian relations have withstood various storms and shown new vitality. Mr. President and I have maintained communication and coordination on major issues in various ways, and jointly steered Sino-Russian relations. The two sides officially announced the extension of the Sino-Russian Good-Neighborly Treaty of Friendship and Cooperation and gave it a new connotation of the times. They firmly supported each other on issues involving each other's core interests and defended the dignity of their respective countries and the common interests of the two countries.

 

Xi Jinping pointed out that the all-round pragmatic cooperation between China and Russia shows great political advantages and opportunity advantages. The bilateral trade volume exceeded 100 billion US dollars for the first time in the first three quarters, and is expected to reach a new high throughout the year. The China-Russia Science and Technology Innovation Year was successfully concluded, a series of strategic large-scale projects were successfully implemented, and the joint construction of the "the belt and road initiative" and the docking of the Eurasian Economic Union progressed smoothly. The two countries actively demonstrate their role as big countries, unite the international community to fight the epidemic, expound the correct connotations of democracy and human rights, and become the mainstay of practicing true multilateralism and safeguarding international fairness and justice.

 

Xi Jinping pointed out that next year, the 20th National Congress of the Communist Party of China will be held, and Russia will enter a critical period of implementing the "National Development Goals before 2030". The two sides should persist in sharing open opportunities with each other, push forward the global development agenda, and play a role in building a new type of international relations and building a community with shared future for mankind.

 

Xi Jinping emphasized that in more than a month, you will visit China and attend the opening ceremony of the Beijing Winter Olympics, demonstrating your support for China in hosting the Games with practical actions. Beijing is about to become the first city in the world to host both the Summer Olympics and the Winter Olympics. At present, we are making full preparations according to the principle of "simplicity, safety and excitement", and all the work has been basically completed. We will exchange visits during the Olympic Games, and China and Russia will hold the Sino-Russian Sports Exchange Year in the next two years. We should take this opportunity to make sports exchanges a bridge and link to enhance mutual understanding and friendship between the two peoples. Your visit to China will also be our first offline meeting in the past two years. I look forward to having in-depth exchanges with you on bilateral relations and major international and regional issues at that time, and believe that we will reach new and important consensus. I am looking forward to our "Winter Olympics Covenant", and I am willing to join hands with you to "go to the future together" and jointly open a new chapter in Sino-Russian relations in the post-epidemic period.

 

Xi Jinping pointed out that not long ago, the Sixth Plenary Session of the 19th CPC Central Committee was successfully held, at which a new historical resolution was adopted and issued, which comprehensively summarized the major achievements and historical experience of the CPC in the past century. I often say that our goal is ambitious and simple. In the final analysis, it is to make all Chinese people live a better life. Taking the people as the center is our fundamental ruling idea. Both China and Russia are big countries with world influence, and both of them have found a development path in line with their national conditions. China will, as always, firmly support Russia's efforts to safeguard the long-term stability of the country. I would like to exchange my experience in governing the country frankly and deeply with you frequently, and jointly lead the sustained and high-level development of Sino-Russian relations and the national rejuvenation of the two countries.

 

Xi Jinping pointed out that at present, some international forces interfere in the internal affairs of China and Russia under the guise of "democracy" and "human rights", grossly trampling on international law and recognized norms of international relations. China and Russia should carry out more joint actions to more effectively safeguard their security interests. The two sides should strengthen coordination and cooperation in international affairs, send a louder voice in global governance, come up with practical solutions to global issues such as anti-epidemic and climate change, firmly defend international fairness and justice in solving international and regional hot issues, and resolutely oppose hegemonic acts and Cold War mentality in the guise of "multilateralism" and "rules".

 

Xi Jinping pointed out that since last year, China and Russia have actively carried out anti-epidemic cooperation, vividly interpreting the connotation of bilateral relations of watching and helping each other, and making positive contributions to promoting the international community to unite against the epidemic and building a community of human health and health. The two sides should think more ways and move in the opposite direction, and take more practical measures to clear the "blocking points" on the premise of preventing the cross-border spread of the epidemic. We are also willing to strengthen cooperation with Russia in virus detection, vaccine and drug research and development.

 

Xi Jinping pointed out that under the new situation, both sides should share development opportunities and make a big cooperation cake. Seize the opportunity of the new round of scientific and technological revolution and industrial transformation, and accelerate the cooperation of cutting-edge scientific and technological industries. Sino-Russian energy cooperation has a solid foundation and many points of convergence. The two sides should consolidate the stock of traditional energy cooperation, supplement the increment of new energy cooperation, promote a package of cooperation in the field of nuclear energy, and explore new cooperation directions such as expanding renewable energy.

 

Xi Jinping pointed out that in September this year, I put forward the Global Development Initiative at the 76th UN General Assembly. This is another global public product provided by China, focusing on the market challenges faced by all parties, especially emerging market countries and developing countries, and committed to implementing the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. China is willing to strengthen cooperation with Russia to play a role in improving global governance and promoting global development.

 

On regional cooperation, Xi Jinping pointed out that since the establishment of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization 20 years ago, China and Russia have always maintained a high level of strategic cooperation, firmly followed the "Shanghai Spirit" together with other member States, continuously enhanced unity and mutual trust, and carried out in-depth cooperation in various fields. The two sides should support SCO member States to steadily advance their important domestic political agendas, and never allow external forces to interfere in the internal affairs of regional countries under any pretext. We must firmly grasp the correct direction of the development of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization and take the road of unity and cooperation, sharing safety and security, openness and accommodation, learning from each other, fairness and justice. China is willing to continue flexible and diverse cooperation with Russia and CSTO member States to safeguard regional security and stability.

 

On BRICS cooperation, Xi Jinping pointed out that China will assume the presidency of BRICS countries next year and host the 14th meeting of leaders and other activities. We are willing to maintain high-level strategic cooperation with Russia and push BRICS countries to comprehensively deepen cooperation in various fields. Advocate true multilateralism, support the multilateral trading system and build an open world economy. We should do a good job in BRICS pragmatic cooperation, deepen public health cooperation, expand the "BRICS Plus" model and expand the benefit scope of BRICS cooperation. I believe that with the joint efforts of China and Russia, BRICS cooperation will surely achieve positive results next year.

 

On UN Security Council cooperation, Xi Jinping pointed out that under the current situation, it is necessary for the five permanent members of the Security Council to strengthen coordination on deepening anti-epidemic cooperation, maintaining international peace and security and promoting economic recovery, and actively respond to the general expectations of the international community. China is willing to maintain close communication with Russia.

 

The two sides exchanged views on current relations between major powers and democracy. Xi Jinping emphasized that democracy is the beautiful pursuit and common value of all mankind and the right of people of all countries. Whether a country is democratic or not and how to achieve democracy better can only be judged by its own people. International affairs should be discussed and handled by all countries. Promoting democratization of international relations and practicing true multilateralism are the aspirations of the people and the general trend. China is willing to strengthen communication and coordination with Russia, guide the international community to establish a correct view of democracy and defend the legitimate democratic rights of all countries.

 

Putin said that Russia-China relations are in an unprecedented best period in history, reflecting a high degree of strategic mutual trust, setting an example of achieving mutual benefit and win-win on the basis of non-interference in each other's internal affairs and mutual respect for each other's interests, and can be called a model of international relations in the 21st century. This year marks the 20th anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of Good Neighborliness, Friendship and Cooperation between Russia and China, and Russia and China officially announced the extension of the Treaty. The two sides overcome the impact of novel coronavirus pneumonia epidemic, maintain close exchanges, actively promote the steady development of pragmatic cooperation in economy, trade, energy, science and technology, and carry out communication and coordination on international and regional issues. Russia-China strategic cooperation has become an important positive factor in effectively solving various international hot issues and maintaining international peace, and has played an important role in consolidating the international order based on international law. I look forward to visiting China soon and attending the opening ceremony of Beijing Winter Olympics. Russia has always opposed the attempt to politicize sports. I look forward to having an in-depth exchange of views with you on important issues of common concern and promoting the sustained and high-level development of Russia-China relations. Russia is willing to continue to strengthen cooperation with China in the fields of economy, trade, oil and gas, finance, aerospace and other strategic large projects, and promote the further connection between the Eurasian Economic Union and the "the belt and road initiative" initiative. Strengthen anti-epidemic cooperation and oppose politicizing the epidemic. Further strengthen people-to-people exchanges and do a good job in sports exchange in the next two years. Russia will most firmly support the legitimate position of the Chinese government on Taiwan-related issues, resolutely oppose any forces harming China's interests through Taiwan-related issues, and resolutely oppose the establishment of any form of "small circle" in the Asia-Pacific region. Any attempt to sow discord between Russia and China will not succeed. Russia is willing to continue to deepen close cooperation with China on multilateral occasions such as the Shanghai Cooperation Organization and the UN Security Council, support China's presidency of BRICS countries next year, resolutely oppose attempts to interfere in the internal affairs of Russia and China and curb the legitimate development interests of the two countries, defend international fairness and justice, and safeguard international strategic security and stability. Russia is willing to strengthen communication with China on safeguarding the real democratic rights of all countries.

 

The two sides also exchanged views on other international and regional issues of common concern.

 

The two heads of state agreed to meet in Beijing next February.

 

Ding Xuexiang, Wang Yi and He Lifeng attended the above activities.