President of Russia Vladimir Putin and President of the People's Republic of China (PRC) Xi Jinping have met in Beijing on September 3. Following the meeting, a package of documents was signed aimed at further developing cooperation between the two countries, the Kremlin press office said.
The president called it noteworthy that for the first time in history, a unit of the Chinese People’s Army took part in the parade on the Red Square on May 9 this year, while a Russian army unit for the first time took part in the military parade in Tiananmen Square in Beijing.
“You have just said that we are united by our strategic relations and, as we say, relations of a comprehensive partnership. However, our views regarding historical issues also matter. It is true that we should not forget how cruel the occupants were on the occupied territories, what enormous losses this brought to the Russian people, then Soviet people, and to the Chinese people. We have to remember this to make sure that nothing of this kind ever happens again in the future. I listened carefully to your speech at the parade. I believe that this was your main message, addressed to the people of China and the peoples of the world, namely that we should do everything possible to prevent large-scale military conflicts in the future and keep all armed conflicts to a minimum,” the Kremlin press office quotes the president as saying.
The president said Russia highly values the level of the relations with China. “We will have time to discuss the problems we do have, though they were not unexpected. China remains a major trade and economic partner for Russia. We see the turbulence in the world and in our economies and we are prepared for it.”
Moscow is fully confident that the two countries will move ahead consistently, developing their relations and implementing all the plans, including major projects that will definitely have a positive impact on the development of the Russian and Chinese economies and global economy as a whole, Vladimir Putin said.