China, Russia upgrade ties to ‘new historical height’
China and Russia plan to strengthen their alliance to uphold international law in a geopolitical world characterized by unilateralism by other main actors, Chinese President Xi Jinping has announced.
According to Press TV, in a meeting on the sidelines of the 11th BRICS summit in Brazil’s capital, Brasilia, on Wednesday, President Xi and Russian President Vladimir Putin praised the strength and potential of the ties between their countries and called for maintaining the momentum of the development of relations at a high level.
Xi urged the need to establish closer strategic coordination to uphold the basic norms governing international relations, oppose unilateralism, bullying, and interference in other countries’ affairs, safeguard their respective sovereignty and security, and jointly create a fair and just international environment.
“In particular, we jointly announced the development of China-Russia comprehensive strategic partnership of coordination for a new era, pushing bilateral relations to a new historical height,” President Xi said.
China and Russia should work together to promote solidarity and deepen strategic partnership among all BRICS member states in order to adhere to multilateralism and uphold the multilateral trading system, Xi said.
He also pledged full support for Russia to host the BRICS summit and the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) summit next year.
Putin, for his part, said the Russo-Chinese relations were solid and unaffected by any external factors.
He said the two countries’ relations were based on profound friendship and mutual trust, close political coordination, mutually beneficial economic cooperation, and close coordination on the international stage.
Putin further said Moscow and Beijing shared important consensus and common interests in maintaining global strategic security and stability.
The two leaders also had in-depth exchanges of the views on major international and regional issues of common concern as they celebrated the 70th anniversary of the establishment of their diplomatic relations.
The development comes as both Russia and China are under economic pressure from the United States in the form of unilateral sanctions and aggressive protectionist trade policies.