China's Xi says strong Russia ties a 'strategic choice'

China's Xi says strong Russia ties a 'strategic choice'
China's Xi says strong Russia ties a 'strategic choice'

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Nevin Al Sukari - Sana'a - This pool photograph distributed by Russian state owned agency Sputnik shows Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin and Chinese President Xi Jinping shaking hands prior to their meeting in Beijing December 20, 2023. ― AFP pic

BEIJING, Dec 20 ― Chinese President Xi Jinping said today 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.

The strong relationship between the two nations, which has endured despite Russia's military invasion of its neighbour Ukraine in early 2022, has faced pointed criticism from Western leaders in recent years.

“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 today in Beijing's Great Hall of the People, Chinese state broadcaster CCTV reported.

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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 yesterday 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. ― AFP

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