China, Russia vow to deepen practical cooperation
(Source: Xinhua) 2015-05-09
Chinese President Xi Jinping (L) shakes hands with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin during the signing of a joint statement after their talks in Moscow, capital of Russia, May 8, 2015. (Xinhua/Huang Jingwen)
MOSCOW, May 8 (Xinhua) -- China and Russia vowed Friday to deepen bilateral cooperation in various fields, especially the docking of the former's Silk Road Economic Belt initiative with the latter's aspiration under the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU) framework.
The pledge was made during talks here between visiting Chinese President Xi Jinping and his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, which marked their ninth meeting in two years.
The two leaders agreed to expand and deepen China-Russia collaboration from a strategic and broader perspective, further open up to each other, and strengthen the interlinkage of interests.
In so doing, they said, the two nations will better promote each other's development, expand the Eurasian common economic space and help the whole Eurasian continent maintain development and stability.
The two leaders agreed to tap their countries' cooperation potential and expand bilateral collaboration in energy, agriculture, high-speed railway and infrastructure construction among many other fields.
They also pledged to carry out more youth and media exchanges and strengthen military interaction.
In addition, the two heads of state vowed to boost bilateral cooperation within the frameworks of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, BRICS and the G20.
They also exchanged views on regional and global issues of common concern, including the Korean Peninsula situation and the Iranian nuclear issue, and agreed to maintain close coordination on these issues.
After the talks, Xi and Putin signed two joint statements, in one of which they reiterated their commitment to integrating the Belt initiative with the EAEU construction.
In the other statement, they pledged to further strengthen the China-Russia comprehensive strategic partnership of coordination.
They also witnessed the signing of a series of cooperation deals on such subjects as energy, transportation, space, finance and media exchanges.
Xi arrived in Moscow earlier Friday for a visit to Russia, where he is scheduled to attend a series of events to mark the 70th anniversary of the victory of the Great Patriotic War.