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Xi Jinping Meets with President Vladimir Putin of Russia

On June 8, 2017 local time, President Xi Jinping met with President Vladimir Putin of Russia in Astana.

Xi Jinping pointed out that not long ago, I met with President Vladimir Putin during the Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation (BRF), during which we reached the important consensus on maintaining the high level operation of China-Russia comprehensive strategic partnership of coordination and reinforcing bilateral all-round cooperation. Under the current complicated and changeable international situation, the sound development of China-Russia relations is vitally important to both China and Russia's development and revitalization, as well as the world peace and stability. Both sides should support each other on issues concerning respective core interests, promote the integration of the "Belt and Road" construction and the Eurasia Economic Union for more tangible outcomes, deepen people-to-people and cultural exchange and people-to-people bond, and intensify coordination and cooperation in international and regional affairs.

Xi Jinping stressed that the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) is currently facing new development opportunities and challenges. China and Russia are obliged to strengthen communication and coordination, firmly follow the Shanghai Spirit, consolidate unity and coordination among the member states, safeguard regional security and stability, intensify practical cooperation, continuously uplift the influence of the SCO in international and regional affairs, and make more use of the SCO's role in the process of Afghanistan's domestic peace and reconciliation. China will take over the SCO rotating presidency after the Astana Summit, and stands ready to maintain close communication and coordination with all parties including Russia and comprehensively deepen the SCO cooperation in various areas, so as to jointly promote the SCO for a new round of development.

Vladimir Putin expressed that it is of great importance for Russia and China to maintain close high level exchanges. Facing the current complicated international situation, Russia and China should strengthen communication and coordination to safeguard world and regional peace, stability and security. Russia and China should work with relevant parties to enhance unity and coordination among the SCO member states to boost the SCO to play a more significant influence in international affairs. Vladimir Putin congratulated China again for successfully holding the BRF and noted that the "Belt and Road" initiative bears practical significance and also has won broad support from the international community.

The two heads of state also exchanged views on the international and regional issues of common concerns such as the situation in Afghanistan and on the Korean Peninsula.

Wang Huning, Li Zhanshu, Yang Jiechi and others attended the meeting.

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