Xi calls Russia 'strategic partner of genuine mutual trust'

By Bai Tiantian in Da Nang Source:Global Times Published: 2017/11/11 0:58:39

Chinese President Xi Jinping on Friday meets Russian President Vladimir Putin on the sidelines of the APEC in Da Nang, Vietnam. Xi called Russia a “strategic partner of genuine mutual trust.” Photo: AFP

Chinese President Xi Jinping on Friday met Russian President Vladimir Putin on the sidelines of the APEC, calling Russia a "strategic partner of genuine mutual trust."

Putin is the first foreign leader Xi met in a series of bilateral meetings at APEC in Da Nang, Vietnam. The meeting came shortly after Xi received US President Donald Trump in Beijing for a three-day state visit.

At the Friday meeting, Xi said China-Russia ties are a good international model of mutual respect, equity and justice, and win-win cooperation.

Xi said the two countries firmly support each other in safeguarding the core interests and further reinforcing political mutual trust. He said the two countries are strategic partners of genuine mutual trust.

Xi urged both countries to further support each other and strengthen cooperation in all aspects.

Xi introduced the 19th Communist Party of China (CPC) National Congress to Putin, stressing that the goal of China's diplomacy is to push for the construction of a new type of international relations featuring mutual respect, equity and justice, and win-win cooperation.

Xi arrived in Vietnam on Friday after hosting Trump in Beijing for Trump's first state visit to China. Xi on Thursday said Sino-US relations are "at a new historic starting point" as the two sides signed deals worth a record breaking $253.5 billion.

"Counterbalance and cooperation co-exist in China-US-Russia trilateral relations. China and Russia share a closer security bond whereas China and the US are more closely affiliated in trade and economics," said Zhu Feng, an international relations professor at Nanjing University.

"To maintain a strategic advantage, China needs to make sure Sino-Russian relations would not plunge in the face of closer Sino-US ties and vice versa," Zhu said.

He noted that stable China-US-Russia trilateral relations are the cornerstone of global political stability.

Russia's priority

Putin congratulated Xi on the successful conclusion of the 19th CPC National Congress and Xi's re-election as general secretary of the CPC Central Committee.

Putin said the important outcome of the Party Congress shows that China's domestic and foreign policies, under the leadership of Xi, has gained wide Chinese public support.

Putin reiterated that relations with China would be a priority of Russia's foreign policy.

Xi also exchanged views with Putin on the situation on the Korean Peninsula and other issues of common concern.

No Trump-Putin meet

On Friday, the White House confirmed that Trump would not meet Putin on the sidelines of APEC.

Although the White House said it was due to a scheduling conflict, any Putin-Trump meeting would be fraught with political complications for Trump, as his campaign and administration face investigations over alleged ties to the Russian government during the 2016 presidential campaign, Bloomberg reported.

"There are structural conflicts in US-Russia relations which cannot be changed by any one single leader," said Li Haidong, a professor at China Foreign Affairs University's Institute of International Relations.

"In the face of this plunging relations, China is the only country that may be able to attenuate the tensions between the US and Russia," Li said.

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