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Putin says Russia ready to strengthen ties with China

(Xinhua)    10:50, August 16, 2018

SOCHI, Aug. 15 (Xinhua) -- Russian President Vladimir Putin said Wednesday that his country is willing to improve strategic communication with China and strengthen bilateral comprehensive strategic partnership of coordination.

Russia is also ready to deepen practical cooperation with China in various areas and enhance coordination on international and regional affairs, Putin said here when meeting Yang Jiechi, member of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee.

Putin said he and Chinese President Xi Jinping reached new and important consensuses on the sidelines of the BRICS summit in South Africa last month, and that Russia-China relations are significant to both countries and the whole world.

Putin said he is looking forward to meeting Xi again.

Yang, also director of the Office of the Foreign Affairs Commission of the CPC Central Committee, said this year marked a milestone in the development of China-Russia ties.

Xi and Putin has met twice this year, charting the course for further cooperation, Yang said.

Under the leadership of both presidents, the China-Russia comprehensive strategic partnership of coordination maintains a strong momentum and sets an example as a new type of international relations featuring mutual respect, fairness, justice and win-win cooperation, he said.

The senior official said China is willing to work with Russia to implement the important consensuses reached between the two presidents, continue high-level strategic coordination, help make the international order more just and reasonable, and open up broad prospects for bilateral ties.

Earlier in the day, Yang and Russian Security Council Secretary Nikolai Patrushev co-hosted the 14th round of China-Russia strategic security consultation in Moscow.

Yang and Patrushev exchanged views on China-Russia ties as well as global and regional issues of mutual concern, with extensive consensuses reached.

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