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Putin to pay state visit to China, ‘bilateral strategic ties to be further improved’

(Global Times) -- At the invitation of Chinese President Xi Jinping, Russian President Vladimir Putin will pay a state visit to China from May 16 to 17, the Chinese Foreign Ministry announced on Tuesday, with analysts from the two countries saying that the visit will have strategic significance for not only the two major powers, but also the world amid turbulence and profound changes.

Vladimir Putin formally takes office as Russian President for another six-year. Putin assured in his inauguration speech that the interests and security of the people of Russia will be above all else for him. --Photo VCG

This is Putin’s first state visit after he was sworn in as Russian president for a new term, Wang Wenbin, a foreign ministry spokesperson, told a regular press briefing.
As this year marks the 75th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and Russia, during the visit, Xi and Putin will exchange views on bilateral relations, cooperation in various fields, and international and regional issues of common concern, Wang said.
He added that China will release relevant information on this visit in a timely manner.
Chinese experts said that Putin’s decision to choose China as the destination of his first state visit after his reelection is not a surprise, and this shows that Moscow attaches great importance to further developing its strategic partnership with China, and that under pressure from the West, Russia’s determination to “turn to the East” is becoming rock-solid. 
Zhang Hanhui, Chinese ambassador to Russia, told the Global Times in an exclusive interview recently that “under the strategic guidance of the two heads of state, the comprehensive strategic partnership of coordination for a new era between China and Russia is currently in its best historical period.”
Cui Heng, a scholar from the Shanghai-based China National Institute for SCO International Exchange and Judicial Cooperation, told the Global Times on Tuesday that the world will pay attention to the meeting between the top leaders of the two countries to see how China-Russia relations can be promoted to a new height, as strategic ties between the two major powers will greatly affect the international arena.
Yang Jin, an associate research fellow at the Institute of Russian, Eastern European and Central Asian Studies at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, told the Global Times on Tuesday that during his trip to China, Putin could also visit some places outside Beijing, and that would be key to watching where Russia’s specific interests lie in its cooperation with China.
Analysts said the two countries are expected to promote cooperation in many fields, including energy, aerospace, chemical engineering, education, transportation, infrastructure construction, agriculture and media, as the two countries are greatly interdependent and complementary.
Alexey Maslov, director of the Institute of Asian and African Studies of Moscow State University, told the Global Times that “We value the stability of Russia-China relations. The one word I can use to describe our relationship is ‘trust.’ That’s very important because if you look at the cooperation with the Western countries, we don’t have, and we have never had, mutual trust. But with China, we have a mutual trust.”
“Our cooperation during the last two years developed very fast,” said Maslov, adding that the two countries could deepen cooperation in finance and banking, as well as in sci-tech and investment.
The long-arm jurisdiction imposed by the US in the past two years has brought some impacts and added barriers for normal economic and trade relations between China and Russia, and in the next step, the two sides will try to find solutions to handle the problem, said some observers.
and Russia are both major powers and permanent members of the UN Security Council, and they share a consensus to promote a multipolar world order. Therefore, in many international issues, the two countries will strengthen their coordination to jointly safeguard world peace and justice among the international community, experts said. 
“Taking the 75th anniversary of diplomatic relations as an opportunity, China and Russia will further strengthen strategic cooperation, cultivate new momentum for cooperation, and help each other achieve development and revitalisation. The two countries will also continue to enhance international multilateral cooperation, practice true multilateralism, and make contributions to the security and stability of both countries, regions, and the world,” Zhang said.
Russian philosopher and political analyst Aleksandr Dugin told the Global Times that China and Russia are two “pillars” of the multipolar world, and the cooperation and communication between the two pillars will encourage many other countries worldwide to also participate in the construction of a new multipolar international order with confidence.

(Latest Update May 16, 2024)

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