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China-Russia relations set sail for new journey

By Wu Yan (People's Daily)    09:38, June 10, 2019

Moscow has felt the warmth of China-Russia friendly relationship as Chinese President Xi Jinping arrived in the city for a state visit to Russia on June 5th 2019.

From seminars and the signing of agreements, to exhibitions and exchanges, various activities and fruitful outcomes turn out to be a vivid embodiment of the great strides taken by China and Russia to elevate their relations into a new era.

China-Russia relationship is at its best in history, and it could be explained by three “goods”, three “highests”, as well as three “news”.

China and Russia are good neighbors connected by mountains and rivers, good friends support each other, and good partners conducting sincere cooperation. The three “goods” explains how the two countries get along with each other.

The Chinese and Russian people have built a profound friendship in jointly fighting against fascist aggressions, conducting numerous friendly exchanges in the past 70 years.

The China-Russia friendship has withstood the test of time and history. It conforms to the common aspirations of the two peoples and has become an endogenous driving force for long-lasting ties.

The relationship between China and Russia features the highest degree of mutual trust, the highest level of coordination and the highest strategic value. This reflects the level of development and the significance of China-Russia relationship.

Under the leadership of President Xi and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin, China-Russia friendly cooperation has continued to develop and entered into a golden era.

The two heads of state have a highly consistent understanding of the strategic significance of China-Russia relations and share common determination and aspiration to promote the sustained and in-depth development of bilateral relations.

The relationship between the two countries is based on equality, mutual trust, mutual support, common prosperity and lasting friendship, and features non-alliance, non-confrontation and not targeting any third party. In addition, the relationship between the two countries has solid public support.

It is exactly because of all these reasons that China-Russia relationship has remained unshakable and become even firmer as time goes by, injecting strong positive energy into the complicated international landscape.

Many think tank experts, when talking about the future of China-Russia relationship, agree that the bilateral ties are standing at the new starting point in history, have reached a new historical position and are facing new historic opportunities.

Focusing on the present, China and Russia share the need for development and revitalization. The comprehensive cooperation between the two countries, with rich content and strategic significance, and covering a wide range of fields, is facing new opportunities.

Looking into the future, China and Russia will deepen cooperation, and support and reinforce each other. The two countries are fully confident and capable of ushering in a higher level of development based on their experience and achievements over the past 70 years.

The two countries will ceaselessly enhance political mutual trust and develop their relations. The decision made by Xi and Putin to lift the China-Russia comprehensive strategic partnership of coordination to a new stage has further boosted the confidence of global people.

Wen Yi, an 82-year-old research scholar of Russian history and culture, declared that he felt he is still young and will maintain passionate about promoting China-Russia cultural exchanges and mutual learning.

Igor Ivanov, former Foreign Minister of Russia and President of the Russian International Affairs Council, expects to see the two countries celebrate their 100th anniversary of establishment of diplomatic relations with greater achievements.

For China and Russia, two major countries pursuing long-lasting friendship, their relationship is in prime time after 70 years of development.

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