BEIJING, March 19 (Itar-Tass) – A first state visit of Xi Jinping in the capacity of the Chinese president in Russia shows a high level and the special nature of Chinese-Russian relations, Chinese Deputy Foreign Minister Cheng Guoping said at a joint press conference with Russian Ambassador in China Sergei Razov here on Tuesday.
“Xi Jinping’s visit in Russia shows that the Chinese leadership gives major importance to the development of Chinese-Russian relations and notes a high level and the special nature of these relations,” Cheng Guoping said, noting that the Chinese president will visit Russia on March 22–24. Russia will become the first country, which Xi Jinping will visit after the election at the post of the president on March 14 at the first session of the 12th All-China Assembly of People’s Representatives.
“The world sees profound and difficult changes. China and Russia are seeking for national revival, both countries call for peace and stability in the region,” Cheng Guoping noted. “Now the relations between our countries entered a new stage of development, at which each side gives important chances for development to another side and takes each other as a strategic partner,” Cheng believes.
The countries “should intensify the mutual political support, expand practical cooperation in different spheres to turn a high level of political relations in the practical field with concrete results,” Cheng pointed out. The countries “should coordinate closer their work on the international scene,” the Chinese deputy foreign minister stated.
Speaking on the agenda of Xi’s visit to Russia, the Chinese deputy foreign minister noted that about 20 events are scheduled for two days. “At upcoming negotiations the interlocutors will exchange views on the issues for a stronger mutual support and the coordination of the actions on the international scene,” Cheng Guoping said, adding that the presidents of the two countries will also participate in the opening of the Year of Chinese Tourism in Russia.
For his part, Sergei Razov added that about 30 documents on different trends of cooperation are in the process of preparations to this visit.