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Xi Jinping Attends Commemoration Marking the 15th Anniversary of the Signing of Treaty of Good-Neighborliness and Friendly Cooperation between China and Russia and Delivers Important Speech

On June 25, 2016, President Xi Jinping, along with President Vladimir Putin of Russia, attended the commemoration marking the 15th anniversary of the signing of Treaty of Good-Neighborliness and Friendly Cooperation between China and Russia at the Great Hall of the People, and delivered an important speech entitled "Jointly Build a Better Tomorrow for China-Russia Relations", stressing that both countries should work hands in hands, firmly stay on the course charted in the treaty, make active endeavor, pioneer and innovate so as to jointly build a better tomorrow for China-Russia relations and let our future generations live under peace, friendship and sunshine. Zhang Gaoli was present.

Xi Jinping pointed out that the Treaty of Good-Neighborliness and Friendly Cooperation between China and Russia signed 15 years ago has set the new type of bilateral relations featuring non-alliance, non-confrontation and not targeting third party as well as the notion of generations of friendship between the two countries in legal terms, laying solid legal foundation for the long-term development of China-Russia relations in the 21st century. Guided by the purposes and principles of the treaty, both sides have established a comprehensive strategic partnership of coordination featuring equality, mutual trust, mutual assistance, common prosperity and generations of friendship, bringing tangible benefit to both peoples and making positive contribution to peace, security and stability in the region and the world.

Xi Jinping stressed that over the past 15 years, guided by the spirit of the treaty, China-Russia comprehensive strategic partnership of coordination has rapidly moved forward at a high level with fruitful results in cooperation in various fields and high-level political mutual trust. Considering each other as an opportunity for national development, the two countries are committed to common development and common prosperity. Both sides have set up a sophisticated high-level exchange mechanism to guarantee the high-level operation of bilateral relations and carried out mutually beneficial and reciprocal economic cooperation in the principle of win-win results. Booming people-to-people and cultural exchanges between the two sides have gradually consolidated the traditional friendship. With intense coordination and collaboration in international and regional affairs, China and Russia have become key elements and constructive forces in promoting international peace and stability. The 15-year-long practice has fully proved that the purposes and principles stipulated in the treaty conform to the fundamental interest of the two countries and their peoples, and comply with the epoch theme of peace and development.

Xi Jinping pointed out that today, 15 years after the signing of the treaty, President Vladimir Putin and I have made new plans regarding the in-depth development of bilateral comprehensive strategic partnership of coordination on the basis of the notion of generations of friendship set in the treaty. We will take the joint celebration of the 15th anniversary of the signing of the treaty as an opportunity to maintain close high-level exchanges and strengthen mutual support. Devoted to building shared border regions into a strong bond for bilateral friendship and cooperation, we will together safeguard peace and tranquility in border area and actively launch cooperation in the region. We will deeply advance the alignment of both development strategies and step up cooperation in the docking between the "Belt and Road" construction and the construction of the Eurasian Economic Union. We will vigorously carry out people-to-people and cultural exchanges so as to pass down the long-standing friendship from generation to generation. We will staunchly safeguard the purposes and principles of the UN Charter and basic norms of international relations, strengthen international strategic collaboration and push forward the international order towards a more fair and reasonable direction so as to safeguard world peace, security and stability.

Vladimir Putin said in his speech that the signing of Russia-China Treaty of Good-Neighborliness and Friendly Cooperation 15 years ago is a milestone in bilateral relations. Russia and China enjoy profound friendship and bilateral comprehensive strategic partnership of coordination is established on the basis of friendship, mutual respect and full consideration of respective interests and concerns. The relations are not only in line with the interests of both peoples and long-term development goals of both countries, but also conducive to regional and global stability and security. The Russian side is willing to continue to boost exchanges at governmental, parliamentary, local and non-governmental levels with China, and intensify cooperation in areas including diplomacy, economy, security and people-to-people and cultural exchanges.

Liu Yandong, Wang Yang, Li Zhanshu, Yang Jiechi, Chen Yuan and others attended the event. Around 400 Chinese and Russian friendly personages from all walks of life were also present.

Before the commemoration, Xi Jinping and Vladimir Putin jointly attended the launching ceremony of 2016 China-Russia Mainstream Media Joint Interview.

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