(MENAFN- AzerNews) China's President Xi Jinping on Monday said that Beijing will
work with Russia to“promote a multi-polar world.”
On his ninth trip to Russia since being first elected as
president in 2013, Xi said:“China will work with Russia to uphold
true multilateralism, promote a multi-polar world and greater
democracy in international relations, and help make global
governance more just and equitable.”
Xi, 69, landed at Moscow's Vnukovo Airport for a three-day
official trip to Russia, his first since Russia launched a war on
Ukraine last year.
He has, however, spoken to his Russian counterpart Vladimir
Putin several times last year.
“The growth of China-Russia relations has not only brought
tangible benefits to the two peoples, but also made important
contributions to the development and progress of the world,” the
Chinese president said, according to Chinese daily Global Times,
just as the bilateral trade between China and Russia rose to around
$190 billion last year.
“I am confident that the visit will produce fruitful results,
and inject fresh impetus into the sound and steady growth of
China-Russia comprehensive strategic partnership of coordination
for the new era,” said Xi.
Calling Russia, a“friendly neighbor,” Xi said:“It gives me
great pleasure to once again set foot on the soil of Russia (to)
pay a state visit to the Russian Federation at the invitation of
President Vladimir Putin.”
All eyes are on Xi's meetings with Putin as Moscow's war on Kyiv
has stretched beyond a year.
Last month, the Chinese Foreign Ministry released a statement
listing Beijing's position on a political settlement to the war in
Ukraine, where 12 points were listed, including respecting the
sovereignty of all countries, ceasing hostilities, resuming peace
talks, and resolving the humanitarian crisis in the region.
The plan also calls for keeping nuclear power plants safe,
facilitating grain exports, and stopping unilateral sanctions,
noting that“dialogue and negotiation are the only viable solution
to the Ukraine crisis.”
Ahead of his trip, Xi described his Moscow visit 'a journey of
friendship, cooperation and peace.'
'I look forward to working with President Putin to
jointly adopt a new vision, a new blueprint and new measures for
the growth of China-Russia comprehensive strategic partnership of
coordination,' he said in an article published in Russian