17th March 2023 – (Beijing) Chinese President Xi Jinping’s visit to Russia next week will be focused on promoting friendship, cooperation, and peace between the two countries, said Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Wang Wenbin on Friday.
During his visit from March 20 to 22, President Xi will engage in extensive discussions with Russian President Vladimir Putin on a range of bilateral and international issues of common interest. Under the leadership of both leaders, the China-Russia comprehensive strategic partnership of coordination for a new era has achieved sustainable and steady development, based on strategic trust and good neighborliness.
Wang emphasized that the visit will be a journey of friendship, aiming to deepen mutual trust and understanding between the two nations and enhance public support for friendship between the two peoples for generations. Additionally, the visit will seek to promote mutually beneficial cooperation in various fields, deepen synergy between the Belt and Road Initiative and the Eurasian Economic Union, and help both countries achieve their respective goals of development and revitalization.
Wang also underlined that the visit will contribute to fostering peace. China and Russia will practice true multilateralism, promote a multi-polar world, and work towards greater democracy in international relations, without targeting any third party. China will continue to uphold its objective and just position on the Ukraine crisis and play a constructive role in promoting peace talks, he added.
In response to a question about whether the China-Russia summit will involve various types of assistance to Russia, Wang stated that China has always carried out normal economic and trade cooperation with other countries, including Russia, on the basis of equality and mutual benefit. The