BEIJING, February 5. /ITAR-TASS/. Chinese President Xi Jinping’s presence at the opening ceremony of the Winter Olympics in the Russian city of Sochi is a sign of the country’s close ties with Russia, the Xinhua News Agency said in a commentary on Wednesday in connection with the president’s upcoming visit to Russia where he will also meet Russian President Vladimir Putin.
“Xi has chosen Russia as the first destination for his overseas trips for a second consecutive year, and that serves as a potent proof of the special bond between the two nations,” the agency said.
“Xi's presence at the Sochi Winter Olympics shows the world that China firmly supports Russia in hosting a successful sports event. Meanwhile, it is also another case in point that the two sides have each other's support over issues of major concern,” the agency said. “The trip is widely viewed as an important symbol of true friendship between the two neighbors.”
“The relations between China and Russia have shown greater potential for growth, thanks to efforts by top leaders on both sides,” Xinhua said.
The agency noted that being permanent members of the UN Security Council and “influential global players”, China and Russia would maintain close contact and coordination on major international and regional issues, such as the Syrian crisis and the Iranisn nuclear issue, thus continuing to promote regional stability and world peace.
According to the agency, observers in China expect that Xi's ongoing Russian tour will become an important event of 2014 and will “bring fresh impetus to the development of bilateral ties”.