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As expected, President Xi Jinping’s visit to Russia has achieved eye-catching results and ushered in a new era in Sino-Russian relations.

It has sent a strong message to the outside world that China and Russia, as close neighbors and longtime friends, are determined to deepen and broaden their all-round cooperation at both the bilateral and international levels.

During Xi’s visit, the two countries signed a joint statement on deepening the Sino-Russian comprehensive strategic cooperative partnership and they pledged to raise the volume of bilateral trade to $100 billion by 2015 and $200 billion by 2020. Last year bilateral trade reached a record high of $88 billion.

Beijing and Moscow have also vowed to cooperate closely on multilateral platforms and they have called for a new type of great-power relations featuring long-term, stable and healthy development. These fruits lay a solid foundation for their interaction to gain both width and depth in the next decade.

The fact that Xi made Russia the first stop on his first international trip as China’s head of State shows Beijing regards developing its ties with Moscow as a priority for its diplomacy.

Thanks to the mutual efforts of both sides, the relationship between Beijing and Moscow is now in its best shape for years.

China Daily

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