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Putin publishes article on Russian-Chinese relations in China’s People’s Daily

The article was timed to coincide with the visit of Chinese President Xi Jinping to Russia on March 20-22

MOSCOW, March 20. /TASS/. Presidents Vladimir Putin of Russia and Xi Jinping of China on Monday published articles in China’s The People’s Daily and Russia’s Rossiyskaya Gazeta daily where they highlighted relations between Moscow and Beijing.

The Russian president’s article was published in a Chinese translation, the Russian text was posted on the Kremlin website.

The articles were timed to Xi’s visit to Russia on March 20 through 22.

According to earlier reports, the two presidents will meet tete-a-tete on March 20 and the main talks are scheduled for March 21.

According to Russian presidential aide Yury Ushakov, the articles focus on "various issues that pertain to the relations between our countries." "These articles will be important. It’s an important signal right before the talks, literally a few hours before the official meetings," he said.

The Kremlin aide noted that along with Russian-Chinese relations, Putin’s article will address "Russia’s and China’s approaches to the Ukrainian issue."

Putin’s previous article about Russian-Chinese relations was published in February 2022 ahead of his visit to Beijing. It was dedicated to the principles of relations between the two countries, their cooperation in the international arena, in the areas of trade, tourism, the development of the Far East, sport, their joint efforts to fight the coronavirus pandemic. In general, the Russian leader states that the ties between Russia and China had reached an unprecedented high level and could be seen as a model of effectiveness, responsibility, and aspiration for the future.