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Xi, Putin vow to push ties to ‘new phase’
Chinese President Xi Jinping and Russian President Vladimir Putin's meeting Tuesday yielded a "substantial" joint statement, which vowed to push the all-round strategic partnership to a "new phase," though the two countries have yet to finalize a key gas supply agreement.

China, Russia pledge stronger cooperation in trade, energy
China and Russia on Tuesday vowed to beef up cooperation in a wide range of fields, including finance, trade, energy and transportation infrastructure.

Chinese, Russian presidents hold talks in Shanghai
Chinese President Xi Jinping on Tuesday morning started talks with visiting Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Putin's visit to inject vigor into top-level China-Russia exchanges
Russian president arrives for state visit

China-Russia gas deal close to finalization
Heads of China and Russia to attend opening ceremony for joint naval exercise
China, Russia to conduct Navy drill in East China Sea
'Substantial statement' expected during Putin's China visit
Gas deals expected during Putin's China visit
Chinese, Russian FMs discuss Putin's upcoming China tour
Russian navy ships depart for joint exercise with China
Sino-Russian naval drill set for May 20-26


Time: May 20 - 21

★Putin will oversee the signing of a number of "important agreements" in trade and energy, the Kremlin said without providing further details.

★Putin will attend the opening ceremony of "Maritime Cooperation 2014" along with Chinese President Xi Jinping.

★Putin will take part in the fourth summit of the Conference on Interaction and Confidence Building Measures in Asia scheduled to be held in Shanghai.


Chinese President Xi Jinping and Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a joint statement.

According to the statement, the two sides urge all parties concerned to exercise restraint, avoid escalating the conflict and seek a peaceful and political settlement for the current problems.

The statement calls on all local and sociopolitical groups in Ukraine to participate in a comprehensive national dialogue, and jointly develop a concept for the future constitutional development of the country, in an effort to fully protect the citizens' basic rights and freedom.


  Basic Info

Time: May 20-26

Location: in the northern part of the East China Sea

Military strength in total: A total of 14 vessels, two submarines, nine fixed-wing aircraft, helicopters and special forces from both countries will take part in the exercise, a Chinese navy spokesman said in Beijing on May 13.

Key equipment

★More professional warships from both sides
★Subject of joint verification and identification is added
★Exercise will deter countries with ulterior motives

Reception held on Russian guided missile cruiser in Shanghai
China, Russia begin joint naval drills in Shanghai


Closer Sino-Russian ties not targeting West
A natural relationship will boast more vitality and make it easy for the two countries to maintain. Beijing and Moscow developed strategic cooperation in the post-Cold War era and hence maintaining the momentum of healthy growth constitutes a wise and rational choice.

Ukraine may top agenda in Putin visit
Russia faces growing pressure from the EU on the terms of gas supply to Europe as well as continuing sanctions, while China are interested in concluding this deal to develop Chinese industry. One of the burning economic issues now is to construct a transport corridor bypassing Ukraine. It can be built through the Gulf of Kerch to connect the Russian mainland and the Crimean Peninsula. Russia hopes and welcomes Chinese participation in this project.

Closer China-Russia cooperation needed for world development, stability
By holding their second face-to-face talks within three months, Chinese President Xi Jinping and his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, have infused new vitality into bilateral ties and cooperation.

Previous Drills

Code name
"Coalition-2003" SCO Anti-Terror Exercise
Aug 6-12, 2003
Kazakhstan's border city of Ucharal and Ili, China's Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region
"Peace Mission-2005" China-Russia Joint Military Exercises
Aug 18-25, 2005
Began in Vladivostok in Russia's Far East and later moved to East China's Shandong Peninsula
"Peace Mission-2007" SCO Anti-Terror Exercise
Aug 9-17, 2007Chelyabinsk in Russia's Ural Mountainous region and Urumqi, capital of Northwest China's Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region
"Peace Mission 2009" China-Russia Anti-Terror Drill
July 22-26, 2009
Khabarovsk, Russia, and the Taonan tactical training base of the PLA in Northeast China's Jilin Province
"Peace Shield 2009" China-Russia Maritime Drill
Sept 18, 2009
Estern waters of the Gulf of Aden
"Peace Mission 2010" SCO Anti-Terror DrillSept 10-25
"Joint Sea 2012" China-Russia Joint Naval Drill
April 22-27, 2012
Waters near Qingdao, East China's Shandong Province
"Peace Mission 2012" SCO Anti-Terror Drill
June 8-14,2012
Source: mod.gov.cn

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