On December 31, 2017, 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, looking back at 2017, China-Russia comprehensive strategic partnership of coordination has made new important progress at a high level. Both sides have rendered firm support on issues concerning each other’s core interests, achieved important early harvests in docking cooperation between the "Belt and Road" construction and the Eurasian Economic Union, made progress and ensured stability in bilateral cooperation in major strategic projects, as well as continuously unleashed new drivers for innovative, agricultural and sub-national cooperation. Both sides have seen a successful conclusion of the China-Russia Media Exchange Year, vigorous people-to-people and cultural exchanges, and a more solid public opinion foundation of China-Russia friendly relations. Both sides have kept close and effective coordination and cooperation in international and regional affairs, making significant contributions to safeguarding world peace and stability.
Xi Jinping pointed out that in the coming year, I am willing to make joint efforts with you to consolidate China-Russia political and strategic mutual trust, expand China-Russia practical cooperation across the board and advance China-Russia international strategic coordination, so as to jointly lead the development of bilateral relations to yield new fruitful outcomes. I believe that the China-Russia sub-national cooperation exchange year to be held in 2018 and 2019 will definitely expand and deepen sub-national exchanges between the two countries across the board, and have the ideas of the long-lasting friendship between China and Russia and common development deeply rooted in the hearts of the two peoples.
In the congratulatory message, Vladimir Putin extended new year greetings to President Xi Jinping, and wished all Chinese people happy and healthy. Vladimir Putin expressed that Russia-China relations have made new achievements in the outgoing year of 2017. He was pleased that bilateral trade volume grew significantly, and exchanges in science, technology, culture and people-to-people and cultural engagement flourished. Russia and China have conducted fruitful coordination in international affairs and made important contributions to addressing international hotspot issues. Both sides actively conduct sub-national exchanges, and will hold the Russia-China sub-national cooperation exchange year in 2018 and 2019. Russia will work together with the Chinese side to continuously deepen Russia-China comprehensive strategic partnership of coordination to benefit the friendly people of both countries.
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