Beijing, 2 January 2023 (TDI): Chinese President Xi Jinping had a virtual meeting with Russian President, Vladimir Putin in Beijing. President Xi noted that under the guidance of both President Putin and himself, the China-Russia comprehensive strategic partnership of coordination has grown more mature and resilient.

Xi stressed that they need to make good use of the existing working mechanisms and communication channels to push for more progress in practical cooperation. Both sides want to cooperate in areas such as economy and trade, energy, finance, and agriculture.

They want to advance the development of border ports and other infrastructure of connectivity. In addition, they are looking towards expanding cooperation in both traditional and new energy.

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Moreover, Xi said China will resume normal cross-border travel with Russia and other countries “in an orderly manner”.

Xi underscored that China is “ready to work” with Russia to “stand against hegemonism and power politics”. To oppose unilateralism, protectionism, and “bullying,” as well as to safeguard sovereignty, security, international equity, and justice.

Ukraine Crisis

The two Presidents exchanged views on the Ukraine crisis. The Chinese side said that they will play a constructive role in the peaceful resolution of the Ukraine crisis.

Statements made by Russian President 

Vladimir Putin underlined that their partnership was more important than ever in the face of “unprecedented pressure” from the West.

In opening remarks, Putin said that the stabilizing force of the Russia-China relationship was becoming even more critical due to the growing geopolitical tensions.

Furthermore, the Russian Leader described relations between the two nations as “the best in history,” saying they could “withstand all tests”.

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Additionally, “We share the same views on the causes, course, and logic of the ongoing transformation of the global geopolitical landscape,” Putin said.

Putin stated that “We defend not only our own interests. We also defend those who stand for a truly democratic system and the right of countries to freely determine their own destiny.”

During the talks, it was agreed that the two countries would strengthen cooperation between their armed forces. Putin also stressed the growth in trade despite the economic sanctions Russia has faced since invading Ukraine.