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Putin met with Vice Premier of the Chinese State Council Wang Yang

Vladimir Putin had a meeting with Vice Premier of the People’s Republic of China State Council Wang Yang in Vladivostok.

Vladimir Putin had a meeting with Vice Premier of the People’s Republic of China State Council Wang Yang.
Vladimir Putin had a meeting with Vice Premier of the People’s Republic of China State Council Wang Yang.

Russian President Vladimir Putin

Comrade Wang Yang, friends and colleagues,

It gives me great pleasure to welcome you to Vladivostok. You know that I have held extensive talks with the President of China, Comrade Xi Jinping, who is a big friend of Russia. I would like to again congratulate our Chinese friends on the success of this BRICS summit.

I would like to say that you personally are doing a great deal to promote Russian-Chinese ties. In this context, I will sign an executive order to award you the Order of Friendship. You will receive the order during your meeting with Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev.


I know that you have a packed agenda. You have been to one city today, and tomorrow you will travel to another city, Khabarovsk. You have come here from a trip to Volgograd, and in Khabarovsk you will chair a meeting of the Intergovernmental Commission on the development of relations between the Russian Far East and Northeast China.

I would like to say that nearly 200 Chinese companies were presented at the Eastern Economic Forum last year. Contracts worth nearly 2 trillion rubles, or more precisely 1.9 trillion rubles, were signed then. Total Chinese investments made in the Russian Far East in the past two years exceed $3 billion. This is evidence of our efforts to implement the agreements we reached with the President of China.

Meeting with Vice Premier of the Chinese State Council Wang Yang.
Meeting with Vice Premier of the Chinese State Council Wang Yang.
I am confident that we will be able to do a great deal at this year’s forum as well. We know that many of our Chinese friends, business people, have come to the forum. We hope that the volume of contracts we sign this year will be even larger than last year.

Your work has produced a solid practical result.

Vice Premier of the People’s Republic of China State Council Wang Yang


Mr. President,

First of all, I would like to thank you for your high opinion of the BRICS summit in Xiamen.
I also want to thank you for awarding me the Order of Friendship. It is a great honor for me, and I am ready to make even greater, maximum efforts to promote Chinese-Russian relations.

Vice Premier of the Chinese State Council Wang Yang.
Vice Premier of the Chinese State Council Wang Yang.
I also want to say that this is the second time you are receiving the Chinese delegation and me personally in the beautiful city of Vladivostok. I think that this is not just a protocol issue; it speaks to your great attention, the strengthening of the traditional friendship between our countries, as well as the efforts to intensify bilateral contacts.

Vladimir Putin

I remember that you attended the first forum in 2015. We met there.

Wang Yang

Yes. This is my third visit to Vladivostok.

Over the past three years, the implementation of the Far East development strategy has changed Vladivostok. I think that the changes in Vladivostok are a microcosm of all the changes in Russia. I want to note that in recent years, under your leadership, Russia has dealt with the sluggish growth of the world economy, and, despite the sanctions of the West, has maintained stability and solidarity in society. The Russian economy began to gradually, steadily recover. Key economic indicators improved. As a good neighbor, a reliable partner and a good friend, the Chinese side is sincerely glad for your success.

Vice Premier of the Chinese State Council Wang Yang at the meeting with Vladimir Putin.
Vice Premier of the Chinese State Council Wang Yang at the meeting with Vladimir Putin.
The Ambassador told me that during the BRICS summit, Chinese President Xi Jinping offered a new assessment of bilateral relations. He said that Chinese-Russian relations are not just relations, but comprehensive strategic partnership and cooperation, as well as friendship. For me, too, this is very positive, good news.

I think that as your friend, I can resolve other issues for you, leaving more time for you to relax.

You know well the program of my stay in Russia. Indeed, I held a meeting with Mr. Rogozin yesterday, and tomorrow I am ready to take part in the work of the China-Russia business dialog together with Mr. Trutnev. The day after tomorrow, all of us will go to Khabarovsk to hold the first meeting of the intergovernmental commission. Such a high intensity and frequency of contacts is indicative of more active interaction between our countries. The main objective of my visit to Russia is to implement the agreements reached at the level of the heads of state.

I would like to tell you that Mr. Rogozin, Mr. Trutnev and I have established not only close working contacts; we are old, good friends.

Vice Premier of the Chinese State Council Wang Yang at the meeting with Vladimir Putin.
Vladimir Putin at the meeting with Vice Premier of the Chinese State Council Wang Yang.
Now let me say a few more words about the progress we made after our meeting in 2015. At that time, an initiative to strengthen cooperation in maritime affairs was put forward. I would like to let you know that last year, the Chinese Maritime Safety Administration and the Far Eastern Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences undertook two joint expeditions to the Bering Sea, that is, in the Arctic area.

On September 20 of this year, the aforementioned organizations will hold a joint seminar on maritime research in Vladivostok. During the upcoming seminar, the First Institute of the Chinese Maritime Safety Administration will sign an agreement with the Far Eastern Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences on establishing the Centre for the Study of Maritime and Climatic Conditions. These are the results of work in the area of maritime research.

I can assure you that it was not for nothing that you awarded me the Order of Friendship. (Laughter.) I did my bit to promote cooperation.

Thank you very much for the time accorded to me.

Vladimir Putin:

President Xi Jinping’s assessments of the level and nature of our relations are absolutely objective and correspond to realities. But it is you and your Russian and Chinese colleagues who are creating the real substance behind all this in the course of your work. I would like to thank you for this again and wish you success.

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Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Vladimir Putin with Vice Premier of the Chinese State Council Wang Yang.
Vladimir Putin with Vice Premier of the Chinese State Council Wang Yang.

Vladimir Putin visited an exhibition of Chinese arts and crafts

Vladimir Putin and President of China Xi Jinping visited an exhibition of Chinese arts and crafts and Chinese cultural heritage.

Vladimir Putin and President of China Xi Jinping visited an exhibition of Chinese arts and crafts.
Vladimir Putin and President of China Xi Jinping visited an exhibition of Chinese arts and crafts.
Vladimir Putin and Xi Jinping familiarized themselves with exhibits from various provinces of China – a stone panel with a painting made with the use of a special dot-by-dot carving technique, superfine woodcarving samples and dragon sculptures.

The two presidents exchanged also gifts. The President of China presented Mr. Putin with a sculpture of a Chinese warrior dressed in traditional costume and a handmade desk with a saying wishing prosperity written on it in Chinese calligraphy. The Russian President presented Mr. Xi Jinping with an amber painting of a sailing ship and desk lamps made of nephrite.

After visiting the exhibition, Vladimir Putin and Xi Jinping continued their exchange of opinions on key bilateral and international issues over a working dinner.

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Vladimir Putin at an exhibition of Chinese arts and crafts. With President of China Xi Jinping.
Vladimir Putin at an exhibition of Chinese arts and crafts. With President of China Xi Jinping.
Vladimir Putin at a working dinner with President of China Xi Jinping.
Vladimir Putin at a working dinner with President of China Xi Jinping.
Vladimir Putin at the exhibition of Chinese arts and crafts.
Vladimir Putin at the exhibition of Chinese arts and crafts.
Vladimir Putin watching an exhibition of Chinese arts and crafts.
Vladimir Putin watching an exhibition of Chinese arts and crafts.
Vladimir Putin with Xi Jinping watching an exhibition of Chinese arts and crafts.
Vladimir Putin with Xi Jinping watching an exhibition of Chinese arts and crafts.
Vladimir Putin with President of China Xi Jinping.
Vladimir Putin with President of China Xi Jinping.

Vladimir Putin met with President of China Xi Jinping

Vladimir Putin had talks with President of the People’s Republic of China Xi Jinping in Xiamen.

President of Russia Vladimir Putin had talks with President of the People’s Republic of China Xi Jinping in Xiamen.
President of Russia Vladimir Putin had talks with President of the People’s Republic of China Xi Jinping in Xiamen.
The two leaders discussed, in particular, current issues of Russia-China cooperation, including the implementation of bilateral agreements, as well as a number of international issues.

The talks were held ahead of the Russian President’s participation in the BRICS Summit and the meeting of the BRICS Business Council.

Business and media communities of Russia and China.

Vladimir Putin and Xi Jinping met with representatives of public organizations, business and media communities of the two countries as part of the Chinese President’s official visit to Russia.


President of Russia Vladimir Putin:

Colleagues, ladies and gentlemen,

I am happy to welcome all of you to the Kremlin. For the first time, Russian and Chinese entrepreneurs, representatives of public organizations and the media community, all those who are creating a foundation for cooperation between Russia and China in the economic, humanitarian, scientific and information areas, and making a real contribution to the consolidation of friendship and mutual understanding between our peoples and countries are meeting at a common venue.

We have just finished talks with President Xi Jinping. We have discussed in detail the status of bilateral ties and mapped out plans for the future. I must admit that the successful implementation of these plans depends not only on the performance of government bodies but also on the enthusiastic participation of the public and business circles and support from the media community. The Russian-Chinese Committee of Friendship, Peace and Development is playing a tangible role in this respect. Uniting politicians, entrepreneurs, heads of departments and regions, cultural figures, diplomats and journalists, the Committee has been a leading source of dialogue between China and Russia for 20 years now.


Vladimir Putin, Xi Jinping
Vladimir Putin and Xi Jinping before the meeting with representatives of public organizations, business and media communities of Russia and China.
Over 100 major events in business, culture, innovation, sport, medicine and education, to name a few, were held under the Committee’s aegis in 2016. Another 180 initiatives have been planned for this year. We hope the Russian-Chinese Committee of Friendship, Peace and Development will continue fulfilling its important mission in the same creative and novel way – promote the consolidation of mutual understanding and good-neighborly relations between our nations.

The China-Russia Friendship Association is very much involved in public diplomacy. It is the successor to the Soviet-China Friendship Association founded back in 1957 and for these 60 years it has been dedicated to strengthening friendly ties between the two peoples. The Association brings together those who value close relations with our great neighbors, who love and respects the rich legacy, history and culture of the Chinese people. Today the Association initiates and organizes many large joint events and works hard to promote youth relations, and develop cooperation between Russian and Chinese regions.

Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Russian President Vladimir Putin.
I would particularly like to mention the activity of the Russia-China business councils and the Russian-Chinese Chamber for Facilitating Trade in Machinery and Innovative Products which help major companies and associations in our countries establish everyday contacts, fulfil their initiatives in non-commodity exports, mechanical engineering, technology transfer and innovation. The results include such signature projects as the Yamal LNG project, construction of the Trans-Baikal Grain Terminal, and the aluminum production facilities in the Henan province.

It is significant that this meeting is attended by representatives from the media and various media-related organizations from the two countries. They contribute greatly to building an atmosphere of trust and mutual understanding, and strengthening the international positions of Russia and China. They report, promptly and efficiently, verified information on the politics, the economy and the history of our countries, the lives of Russian and Chinese citizens to the global community.

It is with your support that for the second year, a large inter-state project, the Year of the Russian and Chinese Media, successfully continues, with festivals, exhibitions, conferences and video linkups. We have also started joint film production. Today we gave a green light to a new modern animated television series featuring popular Russian and Chinese animated characters.

The Third Russia-China Media Forum is underway in Moscow. Over 120 top managers from the leading media in Russia and China are participating. I would like to mention one of the agreements prepared in time for the forum, which is an agreement to launch the Katyusha television channel in China this year. It will be the third Russian channel available to the Chinese audience.

Thank you very much for your work together. Thank you for your attention.

President Vladimir Putin.
President Vladimir Putin.
President of the People’s Republic of China Xi Jinping (retranslated):

President Putin, ladies and gentlemen,

I am really happy to have this meeting. First of all, let me send my sincere greetings to the friendly people of Russia, to welcome the China-Russia Committee of Friendship, Peace and Development, representatives of the Chinese and Russian media and business communities.

As they say, friendship gets stronger through constant communication. Russia is the country that I have visited most frequently since becoming the President of China. In recent years, China and Russia, as good neighbors, friends and reliable partners, have built exemplary relations between large neighboring countries in the spirit of good neighborliness, friendship and cooperation.

This long-term friendship and mutually beneficial partnership is not just the historical choice of the two peoples but an actual necessity for building an open and tolerant world, long-term peace and universal prosperity. Regardless of changes in external circumstances, our determination and commitment to developing China-Russia relations remain unwavering and unfailing.

Today, I see in the audience not only leading representatives of the traditional friendship between China and Russia but the young vanguard of the two countries’ brotherly cooperation. For many years, you have made strong efforts to consolidate the long-term friendship of our countries and promote business cooperation, which is a stable support in the development of the Chinese-Russian comprehensive partnership and strategic interaction.

This year, the China-Russia Committee of Friendship, Peace and Development marks 20 years. Over these 20 years, the committee, as the main channel of public contact between the two countries, has largely promoted cooperation in science, professional exchange, youth exchange, media, business, and between regions. The committee has achieved remarkable results in covering the ideas of the centennial friendship and strengthening of mutual understanding between Russia and China, and, therefore, contributed significantly to the full, stable and successful development of bilateral relations.

Meeting with representatives of public organizations, business and media communities of Russia and China.
Meeting with representatives of public organizations, business and media communities of Russia and China.
The China-Russia Friendship Association marks 60 years this year. For many years, the Association, in the spirit of friendship with China, has brought together a series of activists from different areas and unfailingly promoted Russian-Chinese cooperation in trade, the economy, science, technology, education, culture, youth and regional issues. It has been irreplaceable in strengthening the public foundation of our friendship.

The Year of the Russian and Chinese Media rounds out this year. Within this project, both parties have held over a hundred exciting events. Just recently, Moscow hosted the Third Russia-China Media Forum. Dialogues and contact between our media organizations constantly develop. All these efforts allow us to distribute information about our friendship and relations, improve understanding and links between our peoples, and increase the influence of our media at the international level.

Chinese-Russian trade has shown rapid growth in the first half of the year. Business cooperation is growing. Russia has already become China’s largest supplier of crude oil and electricity.

The construction of the gas pipeline on the eastern route and the Yamal-LNG project are moving ahead; investment and financial cooperation are expanding. We are stepping up our practical cooperation, which allows us to deepen our common interests and receive mutual benefits. I believe these achievements are closely linked with the meticulous work of Chinese and Russian entrepreneurs. I am convinced that with a common effort we will make our cooperation in this area more viable and dynamic.

Ladies and gentlemen, friends,

Today, Chinese-Russian relations have entered the best period of their development. This is a result of the long-term efforts of both sides. As they say, “the more people put twigs into the fire, the brighter its flame.”

I rely on our common efforts to promote Chinese-Russian relations. I hope for your further efforts to advance our relations. I believe our relations not only benefit our peoples, but also enhance peace, stability and security all over the world. Mature and stable China-Russia relations meet not only the mood of the times but also the aspirations of our nations. We rely on your active work, your reason and your power.

I hope you will continue working to spread Chinese-Russian friendship. I believe that this is a great and long-term goal that has no end. I hope the Russia-China Committee of Friendship, Peace and Development, our Friendship Society and our media will use their unique advantages for consolidating contacts and cooperation between the public circles of the two countries, which will provide more positive energy for the opening of new horizons for our people’s diplomacy.

I hope for your further efforts to promote our practical cooperation. I see many points of contact in our development strategy. The Chinese people are consistently implementing their dream of the great revival of the Chinese nation. The Russian people are also rapidly moving forward on the road to the development and prosperity of their country. I hope you will strive for new successes in deepening practical cooperation between our countries.

Ladies and gentlemen, friends,

China and Russia are good neighbors united by common rivers and mountains. We have a common border of about 4,300 km. We have enormous, broad common interests. Let us work together in the spirit of the era to translate into life our dream of the happiness and welfare of our nations.

Thank you for your attention.

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Chairman of the Russian side of the Russian-Chinese Committee of Friendship, Peace and Development and founder of the company Art Pictures Fyodor Bondarchuk at the meeting with representatives of public organizations, business and media communities of Russia and China.
Chairman of the Russian side of the Russian-Chinese Committee of Friendship, Peace and Development and founder of the company Art Pictures Fyodor Bondarchuk at the meeting with representatives of public organizations, business and media communities of Russia and China.
Margarita Simonyan.
Editor-in-Chief of the Russia Today TV channel and the Rossiya Segodnya News Agency Margarita Simonyan at the meeting with representatives of public organizations, business and media communities of Russia and China.

Press statements following Russian-Chinese talks.

Vladimir Putin and President of the People's Republic of China Xi Jinping made statements for the press following Russian-Chinese talks.


President of Russia Vladimir Putin:

Mr. President Xi Jinping, ladies and gentlemen,

The official visit to Russia by President of the People’s Republic of China Xi Jinping is certainly the central event of this year in relations between our states.

Yesterday Mr. Xi Jinping and I had an informal meeting and candidly exchanged views on the most important issues of bilateral cooperation. Today we held intensive talks that included members of the Government and the chief executives of major companies. We arrived at the common opinion that the Russian-Chinese strategic partnership has acquired impressive dynamics in almost all areas.

I would like to emphasize that much of the credit for this goes to Mr. Xi Jinping. He was awarded the Order of St Andrew the Apostle in recognition of his personal contribution to the consolidation of friendship between the peoples of Russia and China. As you have seen, I was pleased to present this highest state award of the Russian Federation to our friend in the Kremlin today.

During our conversations, we reviewed an entire range of issues regarding Russian-Chinese relations and reached important agreements on the further promotion of bilateral ties in many diverse areas.
We conducted an in-depth discussion of economic cooperation, pointing out, in particular, that trade continued to grow this year as it did last year. In 2016 trade increased by 4 percent to $66 billion, while in the four months of this year it went up by a substantial 37 percent or $24.5 billion.

Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Our priority area of cooperation is energy. Russia is a leading oil supplier to China. In 2016, Russia exported 27.3 million tones under inter-governmental agreements alone. Total exports, including commercial contracts, amount to 52.5 million tones.

Construction of the Power of Siberia gas pipeline continues on schedule. Let me remind you that this pipeline will transport 38 billion cubic meters of gas over 30 years. As you saw, top executives of Gazprom and China National Petroleum Corporation have just signed a supplementary agreement on the first natural gas supplies in December 2019. The parameters of the western route have yet to be agreed on.

Construction of the Yamal LNG production facility is in the final stages. A significant interest of 29.9 percent in this project belongs to our Chinese partners. As of today, the plant is 90 percent complete and is scheduled for launch at the end of this year.

Let me note the successful construction of the first unit of the Tianwan Nuclear Power Plant. Next year, two more units will become operational. We have agreed to continue close cooperation in the nuclear power industry.

Today we particularly focused on high-tech industries – primarily, joint space exploration. We are working on the next space program for 2018–2022.

Successful joint projects in aviation include the design of a new long-haul aircraft and a civilian heavy helicopter. As concerns transportation, we are developing a high-speed railway project between Moscow and Kazan and discussing the localization of rolling stock manufacturing in Russia.
Another transport project is the construction of the Western Europe – Western China motorway. The Russian section is scheduled for completion in 2019.

We see big potential in the join use of the Northern Sea Route and the Trans-Siberian and Baikal-Amur railways. This is largely in tune with our Chinese partners' initiatives discussed during the recent The Belt and Road international forum in China. The initiative of the Chinese leader deserves the closest attention and will be supported by Russia in every possible way.

I am confident that these large-scale projects will result in intensive trade, modern production and jobs and the rapid development of Russian and Chinese regions. We have set ourselves the task of more actively developing the credit and financial sphere and cooperation in this field. Last year, by the way, cumulative direct capital investment from China increased 12 percent to $2.3 billion.

We backed the agreement between the Russian Direct Investment Fund and the China Development Bank to create a joint investment fund with 65 billion yuan. We agreed to continue consultations on the wider use of our national currencies in mutual transactions and in investment. I am sure that this will promote the opening in China of the first foreign office of the Central Bank of the Russian Federation.

We see significant opportunities in agricultural cooperation. Last year, the volume of Russian agricultural exports grew 17 percent to $1.6 billion.

In addition, a decision has been adopted to increase Russian wheat imports. A document on access to other crops for the Chinese market is currently being finalized. We also discussed the issue of lifting restrictions on the import of Russian meat and poultry products by China.

We held an in-depth exchange of opinions on joining the activity of the Eurasian Economic Union with the Chinese initiative of the Silk Road Economic Belt. This is a highly promising direction, putting collective effort in line with our idea to form a broad Eurasian partnership.

Vladimir Putin and Xi Jinping make press statements following the talks.
Vladimir Putin and Xi Jinping make press statements following the talks.
Other important issues were also addressed during the talks, particularly humanitarian contacts.
We discussed further plans in detail during the meeting Mr. Xi Jinping and I had with representatives of the two countries' general public, business and media communities. We noted the successful implementation of the new ambitious project of exchange years of the Russian and Chinese media.
The regular [China-Russia] Media Forum is timed to coincide with Mr. Xi Jinping's visit. The main result of this forum was an agreement on launching Katyusha, our third cultural and educational television channel in China. An agreement on film production was prepared for signing. There is also some good experience in animation production.

We intend to further reinforce our scientific and education ties. As of today, some 25,000 Chinese nationals are studying in Russia, and 17,000 Russian students are studying in China. By 2020, education exchanges are expected to reach 100,000 people.

Starting as early as September, the first joint Russian-Chinese University in Shenzhen, established with assistance from Moscow State University and the Beijing Institute of Technology, will begin accepting its first students. In the long term, the university will take up to 5,000 students.

We also noted a positive dynamic in the tourism industry. Chinese citizens are Russia's biggest group of incoming tourists. In 2016, the number increased to 30 percent, or 1.28 million people. China has become the second most popular destination for Russian tourists, which also indicated considerable growth at 30 percent.

Of course, particular attention was paid to international political issues during the talks. Russia and China actively interact on the international arena. We have agreed with Mr. Xi Jinping to boost cooperation in various multilateral formats, in particular, at the UN, the SCO and the G20, which was reflected in our joint statement.

In two days, together with Chinese President Xi Jinping, we will take part in the G20 summit in Hamburg. By tradition we will hold a meeting of BRICS leaders there as well. As you know, this year China holds the presidency in this association and will host the official summit in Xiamen in September.

Our common foreign policy priorities include a comprehensive resolution of the Korean Peninsula issue with a view to ensuring peace and stability in Northeast Asia. We have agreed to actively promote our common initiative based on Russia’s stage-by-stage plan for a Korean settlement and China’s initiatives for a parallel freeze of nuclear missile activities in the PDRK and the large-scale military exercises by the United States and the Republic of Korea.

We exchanged views on the Syrian crisis and other outstanding issues. We discussed the prospects for implementing the agreements on Iran’s nuclear program.

To sum up, Russia and China really have very close or identical opinions on all major international issues. We intend to continue developing our foreign policy coordination.

In general, today’s talks will further develop the genuinely friendly relations between Russia and China.

I would like to thank our Chinese friends for an open and useful dialogue, once again. I would also like to convey my gratitude to our friend, President Xi Jinping.

Thank you for your attention.

President of China Xi Jinping.
President of China Xi Jinping.

President of the People’s Republic of China Xi Jinping (retranslated):

Mr. President Putin, Russian colleagues, representatives of the media, good afternoon. I am very happy to meet you with my good friend President Putin.

This is my sixth visit to Russia after assuming office as China’s President in March 2013. We have just held our third meeting this year with President Putin, exchanged views on bilateral relations, and a number of major international and regional issues and reached extensive agreements.


Russian-Chinese talks in expanded format.

Vladimir Putin and Xi Jinping met in the Kremlin and held Russian-Chinese talks in expanded format.

Vladimir Putin at the Russian-Chinese talks in expanded format.
Vladimir Putin at the Russian-Chinese talks in expanded format.

President of Russia Vladimir Putin:

President Xi Jinping, Chinese friends,

I would like to extend my welcome to you once again, now that the two delegations meet in the expanded format.

In fact, we started our work yesterday evening. Today, we had an opportunity to meet in a restricted format to review all areas on the bilateral agenda, including political cooperation, international affairs, economic, military, military-technical, and cultural cooperation.

Since we are now meeting in an expanded format, we can hear from our colleagues, ministers and deputy prime ministers, in order to discuss in greater detail all the matters of mutual interest.
It gives me great pleasure to welcome you once again. Welcome!

Russian-Chinese talks in expanded format.
Russian-Chinese talks in expanded format.

President of China Xi Jinping (retranslated):

Mr. President, Russian friends,

I would like to thank all of you once again, and specifically President Putin, for inviting us to Russia.
Thank you for decorating me with the Order of St. Andrew the Apostle.

As you have said, we had a very insightful conversation yesterday, and agreed on a number of new issues. We have been maintaining close contact since the beginning of this year. In May, you attended the Belt and Road International Forum in China. Last month, we were both present at the SCO Summit in Astana. After this visit, we will meet on a number of other platforms.

I believe that our proactive contacts served as an impetus for stepping up the comprehensive partnership and high-level strategic cooperation between China and Russia.

We have been firm in supporting each other on matters related to our vital interests, and are making progress in aligning the Belt and Road Initiative with the EAEU.

Our cooperation is making steady progress in terms of investment, energy, humanitarian and inter-regional cooperation. We cooperate effectively on international and regional issues. Not only did our strategic partnership facilitate development in our countries, but also added positive and meaningful momentum to efforts aimed at sustaining peace and security across the world, and had a stabilizing effect in the rapidly changing world.

These are challenging times in terms of international affairs, where we are facing opportunities, as well as challenges. Against this backdrop, I believe that we should combine our efforts in order to overcome these challenges and strengthen our relations.

Thank you.

Vladimir Putin:

Thank you very much.

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Russian-Chinese talks in Moscow.

Vladimir Putin and President of China Xi Jinping, who has come to Russia on an official visit at the invitation of the Russian President, met for talks in the Kremlin.

Vladimir Putin, Xi Jinping
Vladimir Putin with President of the People’s Republic of China Xi Jinping.
During the restricted format talks, the participants discussed political, trade and economic, military-technical, and humanitarian cooperation between the two countries. During the consultations attended by delegation members, the in-depth discussion of the agenda continued.



Also, as part of the Chinese President’s official visit to Russia, Vladimir Putin and Xi Jinping met with representatives of public organizations, and the business and media communities of the two countries.

Based on the results of the Chinese President’s visit to Russia, Vladimir Putin and Xi Jinping signed a Joint Statement of the Russian Federation and the People’s Republic of China on the Further Expansion of Comprehensive Partnership and Strategic Cooperation and a Joint Statement of the Russian Federation and the People’s Republic of China on the Current Status of Global Affairs and Important International Issues. Moreover, the two leaders approved an Action Plan to implement the Treaty on Good-Neighborliness, Friendship and Cooperation between the Russian Federation and the People’s Republic of China for 2017–2020.

In the presence of the President of Russia and the President of China, Russian News Agency ITAR-TASS signed a cooperation agreement with Chinese Holding People's Daily, and Channel One Russia and CNV-Satellite TV Program Co Ltd. signed an agreement on the broadcast of Katyusha, a Russian television network, in China. In addition, the two countries signed a memorandum of understanding on cooperation in developing the information space.

Other documents signed were related, in particular, to the development of high-speed trains and other railway technology in Russia, joint project financing, including projects implemented as part of national technology initiative, the establishment of a Russia-China fund for investment cooperation in national currencies, as well as oil and gas sector agreements, development of Primorye 1 and Primorye 2 international transport corridors, agricultural cooperation, and joint film production.
The Foreign Ministry of the Russian Federation and the Foreign Ministry of the People's Republic of China signed a Joint Statement on the Korean Peninsula issue.

A number of documents were signed by private companies on the sidelines of the visit.

Vladimir Putin and Xi Jinping also made statements for the press.

Beginning of talks with President of China Xi Jinping.

President Vladimir Putin
Vladimir Putin before the beginning of a meeting with President of China Xi Jinping.

President of Russia Vladimir Putin:

Mr. President, friends,

I am happy to welcome you in the Kremlin.

Yesterday, we had an informal but very intense and business-like meeting with President of China Xi Jinping in the Kremlin, the heart of Russia.

We view our meeting today and your official visit as a key event for the development of bilateral relations this year. I am glad to say that the growth of our mutual trade last year was modest at 3.9 percent, whereas this year it soared by 37 percent in the first four months.

We invariably have economic matters at the top of our agenda, but they are not the only issues we address. We also coordinate our efforts on the international stage, in the area of security and in the fight against modern threats and challenges. We are glad to have this opportunity to engage in an in-depth discussion of all aspects of our cooperation with you, Mr. President, and all our Chinese friends in various formats.

Thank you.

President of China Xi Jinping.
President of the People’s Republic of China Xi Jinping.

President of China Xi Jinping (retranslated):

Mr. President, my good friend! My dear Russian friends and colleagues!

I am happy to be able to make one more state visit to Russia. Upon our arrival here yesterday, we were given a warm welcome and felt your genuine friendship and attention. We highly appreciate this friendship. I am deeply impressed.

Russia was the first country I visited as PRC President after my election in March 2013. Since then, I have visited Russia six times and attended international events here. We counted that the two of us have met 22 times over these years. Russia is the country that I visited the most, and among foreign leaders I maintain the closest contacts and ties with you. This is indicative of the high level and special nature of the relations between our two countries.

China and Russia are good neighbors that are connected by rivers and mountains. We are reliable friends always eager to help and support one another. In addition, we are reliable and good partners maintaining close and effective ties.

Our cooperation is underpinned by the core principles of mutual respect, equality and mutual benefit. This is an essential feature of the relations between our two countries as great powers.

Over the years, we have succeeded in many areas by acting together. I am looking forward to exchanging views with you on all relevant matters as part of this visit. I strongly believe that this visit will bring about new advances and will be a success.

On a personal note and on behalf of the entire delegation, I would like to once again thank you for the attention and hospitality demonstrated by the Russian Government.

Thank you!

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Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Russian-Chinese talks in the Kremlin.
Russian-Chinese talks in the Kremlin.

Vladimir Putin meeting with President of the People’s Republic of China Xi Jinping.
Vladimir Putin meeting with President of the People’s Republic of China Xi Jinping.

Putin awarded the President of China with Order of St Andrew

Vladimir Putin signed Executive Order On Bestowing the Order of St. Andrew the Apostle on President of China Xi Jinping.

The Order of Saint Andrew the Apostle.
The Order of Saint Andrew the Apostle.

The order has been awarded to Xi Jinping for his contribution to strengthening friendship and cooperation between the Russian Federation and the People’s Republic of China.

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Informal meeting with President of China Xi Jinping.

Vladimir Putin met in the Kremlin with President of the People's Republic of China Xi Jinping, who has come to Russia on a two-day official visit. The main talks are scheduled for July 4.

Russian President Vladimir Putin, President of China Xi Jinping.
Vladimir Putin with President of China Xi Jinping.

During the top-level talks the parties are expected to discuss a whole range of issues pertaining to comprehensive partnership and strategic cooperation between Russia and China as well as current international and regional problems. Following the talks, a number of bilateral documents will be signed.