Moscow, 3 Mar (ZXS) -- Interview with Vice Chairman of the Russia-China Friendship Association: President Xi Jinping's visit to Russia will inject strong impetus into the development of bilateral relations

China News Agency reporter Tian Bing

At the invitation of Russian Federation President Vladimir Putin, Chinese President Xi Jinping will pay a state visit to Russia from March 3 to 20. Sergei Sanakoyev, vice chairman of the Russia-China Friendship Association, director of the Russian Asia-Pacific Research Center and member of the Russian Council for International Affairs, said in a written interview with China News Agency that President Xi Jinping's visit will certainly inject strong impetus into the development of Russian-Chinese relations in the new era and inject more stability into the world.

Mr. Sanakoyev said that Xi Jinping came to Russia in 2013 on his first foreign trip after becoming Chinese president. In 2023, Xi Jinping once again made Russia the first stop of his foreign visit after his re-election as president. This fully reflects the great importance that President Xi Jinping attaches to Russian-Chinese relations, as well as the stability of Russian-Chinese relations and the stability of China's foreign policy.

In March 2013, I had the privilege of participating in the work of the Russian team of experts that hosted the Chinese delegation in the Moscow Kremlin. In addition to the summit and the signing of numerous bilateral documents in the Kremlin, the speech delivered by the Chinese leader at the Moscow Institute of International Relations was equally memorable.

He believes that in the past decade, the Russian-Chinese comprehensive strategic partnership of coordination has made great progress and entered a new era. This year, Russia and China are moving towards the $2000 billion trade target set by the two heads of state. Russia and China cooperate not only in the field of energy, but also in the field of high technology: exploration of peaceful uses of nuclear energy, space, the moon and other fields. It is worth noting that the export of Russian ecological foods to the Chinese market has grown significantly, and the demand for sweets - honey, ice cream, sweets - has increased among Chinese consumers. In the Russian market, Chinese products have won the trust of Russian consumers with high-quality technology and quality. Among them, China's automobile and construction machinery have firmly occupied the leading brand position.

At the same time, the cooperation between the two countries in the fields of culture, education, sports, tourism and other humanities has continued to deepen. These collaborations are not accidental. During the global epidemic, Russia first extended a helping hand to China, and the Russian-Chinese Friendship Association actively sent aid to China. A few months later, anti-epidemic aid was poured from China into Russia on a large scale. The profound friendship between the two peoples has laid a profound foundation for the stable development of bilateral relations.

Sanakoyev said that in modern relations between Russia and China, on the basis of the Russian-Chinese Treaty of Good-Neighborliness, Friendship and Cooperation signed by the two countries in 2001, the two countries have established a unique mechanism of cooperation. In the relations between the two governments, there are five intergovernmental cooperation committees and dozens of interdepartmental subcommittees and working groups. The Shanghai Cooperation Organization and the BRICS mechanism, in which both countries participate, have proved their vitality and are rapidly expanding their influence.

Sanakoyev said that I believe that at the upcoming meeting between the two heads of state, the document "China's position on the political settlement of the Ukrainian crisis" issued by the Chinese side not long ago will also be discussed. Not long ago, with China's support, Saudi Arabia and Iran reached an agreement in Beijing to restore diplomatic relations between the two sides, setting an example for peaceful dialogue to resolve international issues and demonstrating China's wisdom and responsibility.

He pointed out that at the recent high-level dialogue between the Communist Party of China and world political parties, Xi Jinping put forward the Global Civilization Initiative in his keynote speech, jointly advocating respect for the diversity of world civilizations, jointly advocating the promotion of the common values of all mankind, jointly advocating attaching importance to the inheritance and innovation of civilization, and jointly advocating strengthening international people-to-people exchanges and cooperation. This is another major initiative by China following a series of major initiatives and propositions, such as the Global Development Initiative and the Global Security Initiative. This new initiative will play a positive role in promoting the building of a multipolar world and promoting common prosperity in the world.

Sanakoyev stressed that Russia-China relations have become a model of state-to-state relations to build a community with a shared future for mankind, and under the current complex and changeable international situation, President Xi Jinping's visit will certainly inject strong impetus into the development of Russian-Chinese relations in the new era and inject more stability into the world. (End)