BEIJING, June 21. /TASS/. Points of agreement between Moscow and Beijing in their attitude to world events outnumber by far the divergences of opinion, Russia’s ambassador to China, Andrey Denisov, told Russian media in an interview.
"Russia and China are two large independent states that play a noticeable role in regional and global politics. They share a more than 4,000-kilometer border - one of the longest on the world’s map. As independent states they have their own interests and their own vision of the modern world, their own political history and even political mentality, if you wish," Denisov said in reply to question from TASS.
"In a word, we are neighbors, but we are different. Therefore, seeing certain world events from different angles is quite natural. But in today’s turbulent world we have many points of agreement and similarities in our approach to international events and, which is of great importance, of the impact these events have on the national interests of China and Russia."
"The leaders of our countries have defined the nature of relations between the two countries as ‘all-round strategic partnership’. Its level is the best-ever in the history of bilateral relations. This is not an exaggeration. Indeed, the points of agreement in our vision of the modern world outnumber by far the divergences of opinion. This stems from the national interests," Denisov said.
"Both China and Russia stand not only for the observance of principles of international law and respect for the universal values in contacts between countries and peoples, but also for the equality of states in the broadest sense, for respect for independence in choosing ways of development, for due regard for the national specifics in evaluating political processes afoot in different countries, for taking into account the historical realities in the evaluation of various international events and in the final count for peaceful, negotiated solutions of any regional and international problems, however acute these may prove. This is what objectively unites us," Denisov said.
"Hence the similar or identical mode of behavior by our countries in regional and international organizations, where partnership manifests itself in practice. At the same time, we still remain different and we have a certain divergence of opinion on some world policy matters. But as a rule these distinctions are minor and not decisive in our relations in general and in the approach to the international situation in particular. And in cases where variances may occur between us respect is the main principle," he stated.