MOSCOW, June 5 (Xinhua) -- China and Russia agreed on Wednesday to upgrade their relations to a comprehensive strategic partnership of coordination for a new era.
The decision was made at a meeting between visiting Chinese President Xi Jinping and his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin.
During the meeting, the two heads of state highly evaluated the development of bilateral ties over the past 70 years, agreed to uphold the notion of good neighborliness and win-win cooperation, develop a comprehensive strategic partnership of coordination for a new era in a bid to take bilateral ties to a higher level and better benefit the peoples of the two countries and the world as well.
Xi noted that it is his first state visit to Russia following his re-election as Chinese president last year, and is the eighth time he travelled to the country since 2013, saying that the China-Russia relationship is seeing a continuous, steady and sound development at a high level, and is at its best in history.
Both sides, said Xi, have firmly supported each other in their efforts to defend respective core interests and nurtured strong political and strategic mutual trust, adding that they have actively pushed forward all-around cooperation as internal driving forces of bilateral ties are emerging, and the convergence of the two countries' interests is deepening.
China and Russia have played active roles in international affairs and global governance, and made important, constructive contributions to maintaining world peace and stability as well as international fairness and justice, he said.
The Chinese leader noted that this year marks the 70th anniversary of the China-Russia diplomatic relationship, calling it a milestone and a new starting point.
Acknowledging the world is undergoing profound changes unseen in a century, Xi said China and Russia are shouldering an even greater expectation from the peoples of the two countries and the international community.
He added that the Chinese side is willing to join Russia in amplifying the positive effect of the two countries' high-level political relationship, bring more benefits of bilateral cooperation to the two peoples, and present more China-Russia options for global affairs.
Noting that the world today is becoming increasingly uncertain and unstable, Xi said enhancing the China-Russia relations is the call of history, and a firm strategic choice by both sides.
He called on the two sides to strengthen strategic communication and coordination, and further their mutual support on issues regarding their respective core interests.
Xi also urged the two countries to further promote their economic and trade cooperation, push forward cooperation on major strategic projects as well as in emerging fields at the same time, and boost cooperation at local levels, and in economic and trade, investment, energy, technology, aerospace, inter-connectivity, agriculture and finance sectors.
The two sides, according to Xi, should actively push forward their cooperation to dock the Belt and Road Initiative and the Eurasian Economic Union so as to promote regional economic integration.
To step up people-to-people exchanges, Xi said the plan for the China-Russia year of scientific and technological innovation from 2020 to 2021 should be well designed.
He said China and Russia, both permanent members of the UN Security Council, are going to continue working with the international community to safeguard the international order that is based on the international law with the UN at the core, maintain multilateral trading system, bring positive energy to the complicated international situation, and make new contributions to the building of a community with a shared future for mankind.
Putin warmly welcomed his old friend Xi for the visit, saying that with joint efforts from both sides since the establishment of diplomatic ties 70 years ago, the Russia-China relations have reached an unprecedented high level, and the two countries' all-around exchanges and cooperation have been fruitful.
The Russia-China comprehensive strategic partnership of coordination has not only benefited the two peoples, but has also become an important force for global security and strategic stability, he said.