Xi, Putin highlight strong ties, extend friendship treaty

Beijing/Moscow, Jun 28 (EFE).- Chinese President Xi Jinping and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin on Monday highlighted the close alliance between their countries in a video conference, in which they agreed to extend a bilateral treaty on friendly cooperation, originally signed 20 years ago.

On the occasion, Xi said that the Treaty of Good-neighborliness and Friendly Cooperation had established a concept of friendship that had been passed from generation to generation and aligns with the fundamental interests of both countries.

“The treaty (…) echoes the themes of the times for peace and development, and is a vivid example of building a new type of international relations,” said the Chinese president, according to state newspaper Global Times.

He added that close cooperation between Moscow and Beijing “injected a positive momentum” to the international community at a time when “the world is undergoing profound changes and humanity is encountering multiple crises in development.”

Putin said that amid the growing geopolitical disturbances, breakdown of arms control treaties and increasing risk of conflicts in different parts of the world, China-Russia cooperation had played a stabilizing role at the international level.

The virtual summit comes a month after the two leaders inaugurated online a project to build four nuclear power reactors on Chinese land with Russian technology.

Ties between Beijing and Moscow have reached a high point, with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov visiting China in March to discuss strategies at a time of high mutual tensions with the United States.

Lavrov had said that relations between the two sides were at their historical best.

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi had insisted at the time that good China-Russia ties were “imperative” under the current circumstances and the association was a pillar of international peace.

The two power are perceived to be forming a formidable alliance to resist pressure from other countries, especially regarding what they consider their “internal matters.” EFE

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