Chinese President Xi Jinping spoke by phone with Russian President Vladimir Putin on the afternoon of February 8, as the Chinese Lunar New Year approached. Both the leaders wished each other a happy spring festival. Xi Jinping said that China’s Spring Festival is about to come. The atmosphere of the New Year is very good. The Chinese people are full of hope and faith in the upcoming Dragon Year! Putin said that in Chinese culture the dragon is a symbol of wisdom and power. I extend my best wishes to the friendly Chinese people!
Xi Jinping said it has become a good tradition among us to wish each other well on the New Year, summarize the development results of bilateral relations, and look forward to the future together. Last year we met twice and reached many important consensuses. Under our joint leadership, there have been active exchanges between the governments, legislative bodies and political parties of the two countries. Collaboration across sectors demonstrates flexibility and vitality. Both sides have achieved the annual trade target ahead of schedule. People-to-people exchanges between the two countries and exchanges between regions are expanding rapidly, and the year of sports exchanges has come to a successful conclusion. This year marks the 75th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and Russia. China is ready to work with Russia to write a new chapter in China-Russia relations.
Putin said that due to the joint efforts of both sides, Russia-China relations have reached an unprecedented high level. I look forward to continuing close exchanges with President Xi Jinping and making new progress in cooperation in various fields.
(Credits- China Media Group, Beijing)