19th March 2023 – (Beijing) Chinese President Xi Jinping will embark on a three-day state visit to Russia from March 20 to 22 at the invitation of his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin. The visit aims to strengthen the strategic collaboration and practical cooperation between the two countries. During the visit, President Xi will engage in an in-depth exchange of views with Putin on bilateral relations and major international and regional issues of common concern. The leaders will discuss plans to inject new impetus into the development of bilateral relations and to promote the China-Russia comprehensive strategic partnership of coordination for a new era. During the visit, both leaders will draw a new blueprint for the future development of China-Russia relations and advance the deepening of mutually beneficial cooperation between the two countries in various fields.

China and Russia have maintained a mature, resilient, and rock-solid relationship, guided by the sustainable, sound, and stable development of their comprehensive strategic partnership of coordination. Such a relationship cannot do without top-level design or strategic guidance, and exchanges between the two heads of state are the compass and anchor of China-Russia relations.

The two countries have set a new paradigm for international relations by blazing a path of major-country relations featuring strategic trust and good neighbourliness. Their people have worked together to create a better future and share the dividends of development. Events such as the year of tourism, the year of the media exchange, and the year of sports exchange, have brought the people of the two countries even closer.

China and Russia have provided their answer to major countries that are trying to figure out what they want with each other — to build exclusive blocs, or to foster a friendship that is open and sincere. Their relationship is built on the basis of non-alliance, non-confrontation and non-targeting of third countries, and it tolerates no third party interference or coercion.

The two countries, as permanent members of the UN Security Council, have maintained close coordination and cooperation on international affairs, firmly safeguarding the UN-centered international system and the international order underpinned by international law. They have upheld true multilateralism and increased mutual support on issues concerning each other’s core interests.

China and Russia, together with other countries, staunchly oppose hegemony and a new Cold War. They are firmly committed to promoting a multi-polar world and more democratic international relations. The two countries have carried out coordination and cooperation within multilateral frameworks including the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, the Conference on Interaction and Confidence Building Measures in Asia and the BRICS, and have safeguarded regional security interests as well as the common interests of developing countries and emerging markets.

As some countries are trying to rekindle the Cold War mentality and create the pseudo-proposition of “democracy vs autocracy,” China and Russia are determined to steer the world in the right direction. A mature and resilient China-Russia relationship will promote the solidarity, development and prosperity of the Eurasian continent, pool forces to uphold the norms governing international relations, and strengthen mutually beneficial cooperation.