President Xi Jinping talked with Russian President Putin on the evening of December 28.
The two heads of state exchanged New Year greetings and wished the Chinese and Russian people a happy New Year.
Xi Jinping pointed out that 2020 is an extraordinary year for China and Russia and the whole world. The COVID-19 pandemic poses an unprecedented challenge to the safety of human life, which has a serious impact on the world economy and has entered a period of turbulent change. True gold is not afraid of fire.
At a time of crisis, the unique advantages and valuable values of Sino-Russian relations are becoming more and more prominent. The two sides watched and helped each other, overcoming difficulties together, and continued to firmly support each other on issues involving each other’s core interests, reflecting the high level of mutual trust and friendship between the two countries.
The two countries actively lead international anti-epidemic cooperation, smoothly promote the joint construction of the Belt and Road Initiative and the Eurasian Economic Union, jointly celebrate the victory of the world anti-fascist war and the 75th anniversary of the founding of the United Nations, play an important leading role in the multilateral framework of the Group of 20, the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, the BRICS countries and other multilateral frameworks, and become the safeguarding international public. Equal justice and the mainstay of multilateralism.
Xi Jinping stressed that the concept of intergenerational friendship and the new principles of international relations established in the Sino-Russian Treaty of Good-Neighborly Friendship and Cooperation are a great innovation in the history of international relations, and its strong vitality and demonstration effect will continue to appear in the current international situation.
The two sides should take the opportunity of celebrating the 20th anniversary of the signing of the Treaty next year to promote bilateral cooperation on a wider scale, in a wider field and deeper level.
China’s active construction of a new development pattern and the promotion of reform and opening up from a higher starting point will provide broader development opportunities for Sino-Russian cooperation.
The two sides should strengthen the connection of development strategies, expand new forms of cooperation and new momentum, continue to hold the China-Russia Year of Science and Technology Innovation, promote all-round exchanges and cooperation between the scientific, technological and industrial communities of the two countries, and better help the high-quality development of the economies of the two countries.
Xi Jinping stressed that Sino-Russian relations have strong endogenous driving force and independent value, and are not affected by international vicissitudes and are not disturbed by any other factors.
China and Russia can effectively resist any attempt to suppress and divide the two countries by strengthening strategic cooperation, and build a solid barrier for maintaining international fairness and justice. China is willing to unswervingly develop China-Russia comprehensive strategic cooperation partnership in the new era with Russia, realize the development and revitalization of their respective countries, and make greater contributions to the construction of a new type of international relations and a community of human destiny.
Putin said that although affected by the COVID-19 epidemic this year, Russia-China relations have developed steadily.
The two sides support each other in the fight against the epidemic, and cooperation in economic and trade, energy, science and technology and other fields has continued to advance.
Next year, the two sides will jointly celebrate the 20th anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of Good-Neighborliness, Friendship and Cooperation between Russia and China, which is an important milestone in the history of Russia-China relations.
Russia is unswervingly committed to promoting the high-level development of the comprehensive strategic cooperation partnership between Russia and China.
I would like to continue to play a strategic leading role with you to ensure that Russia-China relations develop in the new year. Russia is willing to continue to firmly support each other on issues involving each other’s core interests, close strategic coordination and cooperation in international affairs, and contribute to the maintenance of global strategic stability.