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Chinese and Russian Heads of State Exchange New Year Congratulatory Messages

On December 31, 2016, President Xi Jinping and President Vladimir Putin of Russia exchanged new year congratulatory messages.

In the congratulatory message, on behalf of the Chinese government and people, Xi Jinping extended sincere congratulations and best wishes to President Vladimir Putin and the Russian people. Xi Jinping noted that in 2016, both sides have taken the 15th anniversary of the signing of China-Russia Treaty of Good Neighborliness and Friendly Cooperation and the 20th anniversary of the establishment of China-Russia strategic partnership of coordination as an opportunity to vigorously carry forward the concept of generations of friendship between two countries and people, strengthen exchanges and cooperation in various fields and enhance coordination and cooperation in international affairs, so as to gain new fruitful achievements in the development of bilateral relations .

Xi Jinping pointed out that China-Russia comprehensive strategic partnership of coordination is an important force to promote regional and global peace, development and stability. In the new year, China is willing to make joint efforts with Russia to maintain close high-level exchanges, consolidate strategic and political mutual trust, advance cooperation in the docking of the “Belt and Road” construction and the Eurasian Economic Union construction, deepen practical cooperation, well host the China-Russia Media Exchange Year, intensify strategic coordination in international affairs, and keep the stable, continuous and high-level development of China-Russia comprehensive strategic partnership of coordination, so as to benefit the two countries and peoples.

In the congratulatory message, Vladimir Putin sent greetings of the new year and the Spring Festival to President Xi Jinping, and wished all Chinese people happy and healthy. Vladimir Putin expressed that in 2016, Russia and China have conducted effective coordination as always. Both sides have successfully carried out the third implementation guidelines of Russia-China Treaty of Good Neighborliness and Friendly Cooperation as well as coordinated and cooperated to effectively promote the settlement of major international and regional issues. It is believed that in the coming year, Russia-China comprehensive strategic partnership of coordination will thrive, which will benefit the two peoples and contribute to international security and stability.

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