China and Russia's bond gets renewed
To a burst of applause in the Malachite Room of the Kremlin, Chinese President Xi Jinping and Russian President Vladimir Putin, signed a joint statement on elevating bilateral ties to a comprehensive strategic partnership of coordination for a new era.
The document was signed on June 5 after a meeting between the two heads of state during Xi's visit to Russia. It came at the time when the two countries are celebrating the 70th anniversary of their diplomatic ties.
The joint statement said that the goal of the new partnership is to enable both sides to give each other more support as they pursue their own development paths, preserve their respective core interests, and protect each country's sovereignty and territorial integrity.
In his speech at a gathering after the signing of the joint statement, Xi said the two countries are embracing yet another historic moment in bilateral relations. The past 70 years have fully proved that China and Russia are good neighbors and true partners, as they were before and will be in the future, Xi said.
With mutual support and assistance, the two countries have promoted their relations to an unprecedentedly high level, Putin said.
In 2018, two-way trade between China and Russia hit a record high of over $100 billion (691 billion yuan). Major cooperation projects have been steadily carried out in such areas as energy, transportation, agriculture, aviation and space.
Against the backdrop of the complicated international situation, Xi's visit has great significance, according to China Daily.
With the world undergoing profound changes, the two countries shoulder even greater expectations from their peoples and the international community.
In the new era, China and Russia are expected to strengthen strategic communication and coordination, enhance their mutual support on issues regarding their respective core interests, and promote a comprehensive upgrading of their economic and trade cooperation.
People-to-people exchanges are also expected to be stepped up. A well-designed plan will be made to develop the China-Russia year of scientific and technological innovation from 2020 to 2021.
China and Russia will also enhance communication and coordination in the United Nations, the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, BRICS, APEC, and the G20 to jointly safeguard multilateralism and the norms of international relations.
"One can very well expect China and Russia to continue to strengthen coordination on major international and regional issues, jointly deal with the challenges of unilateralism and protectionism, and maintain global peace and stability," commented China Daily.