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China’s Xi says strong Russia ties a ‘strategic choice’

AFP | Beijing                                                      

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Chinese President Xi Jinping said yesterday that maintaining close ties with Russia is a “strategic choice”, calling for deeper bilateral cooperation during a meeting with Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin in Beijing, state media reported.

“Maintaining and developing China-Russia relations is a strategic choice made by both sides based on the fundamental interests of the two peoples,” Xi told Mishustin on Wednesday in Beijing’s Great Hall of the People, Chinese state broadcaster CCTV reported.

Xi added that the countries should “continuously amplify the positive effects of high-level political ties” and “deepen cooperation in the fields of economy, trade, energy, connectivity and other fields”, CCTV said.

Mishustin said Tuesday that ties between Moscow and Beijing had reached an “all-time high” during a discussion with his counterpart, Premier Li Qiang, according to readouts published by both sides.

Mishustin’s visit to China on Tuesday and Wednesday comes two months after President Vladimir Putin made a rare trip outside Russia to meet Xi and a month after a senior Chinese general was hosted in Moscow.