Xi arrives in Moscow for state visit to Russia

By Online Desk |  8 months ago | international

Chinese President Xi Jinping arrived in Moscow on Monday for a state visit to Russia.

The visit, at the invitation of Russian President Vladimir Putin, is scheduled for March 20 to 22.

A grand welcoming ceremony was held upon Xi's arrival.

In a written statement, Xi said that he looks forward to having an in-depth exchange of views with Putin on bilateral ties and major international and regional issues of shared interest, to draw a blueprint for China-Russia strategic coordination and practical cooperation in the new era.

Xi said that he is confident that the visit will produce fruitful results, and inject fresh impetus into the sound and steady growth of China-Russia comprehensive strategic partnership of coordination for a new era.

Over the past decade, the two countries have consolidated and grown the bilateral relationship on the basis of no-alliance, no-confrontation and not targeting any third party, and set a fine example for developing a new model of major-country relations featuring mutual respect, peaceful coexistence and win-win cooperation, Xi said, adding that both countries have deepened political mutual trust, expanded practical cooperation, maintained close and effective international collaboration, and forged a longstanding friendship between their peoples.

The growth of China-Russia relations has not only brought tangible benefits to the people of both countries, but also made important contributions to the development and progress of the world, noted the Chinese president.

Both being major countries in the world and permanent members of the UN Security Council, China and Russia play important roles in international affairs, he said.

China will work with Russia to uphold true multilateralism, promote a multipolar world and greater democracy in international relations, and help make global governance more just and equitable, he added.

Cai Qi, Wang Yi, Qin Gang and other officials accompanying President Xi arrived on the same plane.

(With input from Xinhua)