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China, Russia to jointly face external challenges: Xi
September 11, 2014, 4:49 pm

Russian President Vladimir Putin met with his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping in Dushanbe, Tajikistan on 11 September 2014 [PPIO]

Russian President Vladimir Putin met with his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping in Dushanbe, Tajikistan on 11 September 2014 [PPIO]

Chinese President Xi Jinping and his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, met in Dushanbe, capital of Tajikistan, on Thursday ahead of the 14th summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO).

The two allies discussed “pressing issues of bilateral cooperation, particularly in energy, aircraft engineering and infrastructure”, said a Kremlin statement.

It is the fourth meeting in 2014 between the two leaders.

Chinese President Xi Jinping said during Thursday’s meet that the leadership of the two nations will “jointly face external challenges”.

“I am ready to maintain further contacts with you to strengthen mutual support and expand openness between our countries, so that we could always draw from each other’s support, jointly face external challenges and achieve our grand development and revival goals,” said Xi.

Earlier last week, China put its weight solidly behind Russian President Vladimir Putin’s seven-point peace plan for Ukraine, even as the EU prepared another wave of sanctions targeting Russia’s banking and energy sectors.

The Russian President on Thursday lauded the milestone deal signed earlier this year in May, the $400-billion gas supply deal between the two countries, securing the world’s top energy user a major source of cleaner fuel.

“This was done with the direct support of the President of China. Now we have practically begun its implementation, which, I am certain, will proceed in the same business-like manner and will be efficiently carried through by both parties – Russia and the People’s Republic of China,” said Putin on Thursday in Dushanbe.

The deal opened up a new market for Moscow as it risks losing European customers over the Ukraine crisis.

Putin’s “personal friendship” with the Chinese President is a political triumph for the Russian President even as Western leaders step up attempts to isolate Putin internationally over Russia’s alleged support to pro-Moscow rebels in eastern Ukraine.

“We are making headway in other traditional areas of cooperation as well, including nuclear power, aircraft engineering, infrastructure and so forth,” Putin said on Thursday.

Xi said Beijing and Moscow have overseen new progress in the joint development of long-haul jumbo jets and heavy helicopters, as well as other major joint projects.

“Early this month you personally took part in the ceremony to launch the construction of the Power of Siberia gas pipeline, which shows how seriously you take the expansion of Chinese-Russian energy cooperation,” Xi told Putin.

“We have set up an intergovernmental Chinese-Russian commission on investment cooperation. We are actively considering cooperation in the construction of high-speed railways. We have launched cooperation in satellite navigation systems, which you personally have given great attention to,” he added.

Xi and Putin had also held talks in July in Brazil during the 6th BRICS Summit.

Xi has held talks or met with Putin for nine times since he assumed the office of China’s President in March 2013, testifying to stronger and more assertive Sino-Russian relations.

In a major highlight of an investment meet on Tuesday, Moscow and Beijing have entered into a pact to boost use of the rouble and yuan for trade transactions.

During its maiden meeting in the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, the Russia-China Investment Cooperation Commission discussed 32 bilateral investment projects on Tuesday, Russia’s Deputy Prime Minister Igor Shuvalov said.

Both Xi and Putin will now attend the 14th summit of the SCO slated for Thursday and Friday in the Tajik capital.

TBP

2 Responses to China, Russia to jointly face external challenges: Xi

  1. michael walsh journalist Reply

    September 11, 2014 at 6:54 pm

    Wonderful and timely news. By this strategy it is the NATO West that becomes isolated, ironically by its own hand.

  2. Marco Abrunhosa Reply

    September 13, 2014 at 5:13 am

    I am afraid that people in Atlantic do not realize the deep implications of the tectonic movements in the Pacific…

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