First observation | From the “Winter Olympics date” to the “New Year’s Party” : Three implications of the China-Russia Summit

2022-06-20 0 By

On the fourth day of the first lunar month, the start of spring, President Xi Jinping held a “New Year’s Party” with Russian President Vladimir Putin, who is in China to attend the opening ceremony of the Beijing Winter Olympic Games, at Fanghuayuan, Diaoyutai State Guesthouse in Beijing.This is the first offline meeting between the two heads of state in more than two years and the 38th meeting between President Xi Jinping and President Putin since 2013.Three implications can be read from this meeting.”With your coming this time, we can say that our ‘Winter Olympics Appointment’ has been fulfilled.”Warm and sincere words, welcome old friends from afar.The “Winter Olympics date” mentioned by President Xi jinping began eight years ago.Also during the Spring Festival in 2014, President Xi Jinping attended the opening ceremony of the Sochi Winter Olympics in Russia at the invitation of President Putin. It was the first time for a Chinese head of state to attend a major international sports event held outside China.Among the dozens of international dignitaries visiting Russia, President Putin was the first to meet President Xi Jinping when the two agreed to meet again eight years later in Beijing.The opening ceremony of the 24th Winter Olympic Games was held at the National Stadium in Beijing on The evening of February 4, 2022.At that time, the winner of the 2022 Winter Olympic Games had not yet been decided. The two old friends made an early agreement, reflecting their confidence in China’s bid to host the Games.During the meeting, President Xi Jinping said, “According to Chinese custom, when a neighbor holds a wedding event, OF course I will come here to congratulate you personally and share the joy with the Russian people.”It has become a “tradition” between the two leaders to congratulate each other on major and happy events.”I would like to share with my Chinese friends the joy of hosting this year’s world’s most important sporting event, the Winter Olympics.”On the eve of his first visit to China in nearly three years, President Putin expressed expectations.In recent years, under the guidance of the two heads of state, China-Russia relations have reached an all-time high.”Today is the fourth day of the Chinese Lunar New Year and the start of spring, which is a rare good omen.I believe today’s Spring Festival will inject more vitality into China-Russia relations.”During the talks, President Xi Jinping expressed expectations for the future.During the talks, President Xi Jinping and President Putin jointly announced the official launch of the Year of China-Russia Sports Exchanges, adding a special sports flavor to their “Winter Olympics engagement”.The “Year of Sports Exchange” is the eighth themed year established between China and Russia. Before that, the two sides also carried out exchanges on scientific and technological innovation, local cooperation and youth friendship, covering various fields.On the afternoon of February 4, 2022, Chinese President Xi Jinping held talks with His Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin at the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse in Beijing.Driven by the two heads of state, China and Russia have given full play to the political advantages of bilateral relations and achieved fruitful results in all-round practical cooperation.Last year, bilateral trade reached 146.887 billion US dollars, up 35.8 percent year on year.It is not easy to achieve such a good result against the backdrop of the epidemic.In addition, both traditional and emerging fields of cooperation are advancing hand in hand. From energy to infrastructure, from communications to aerospace, our cooperation has gone from heaven to earth, and we will join hands in the “sea of stars”.A year’s plan begins in spring.It is the common expectation of both sides to continue the sound momentum of cooperation and jointly chart the course for future cooperation.”I am ready to work with President Putin to chart the course for china-Russia relations under the new historical conditions, translate the high-level mutual trust between China and Russia into cooperation outcomes in various fields and deliver tangible benefits to the two peoples.”President Xi Jinping said during the talks.President Putin responded positively: “Russia is willing to continue to deepen cooperation with China in economy and trade, energy, science and technology, finance and transportation.”It is reported that under the joint witness of the Chinese and Russian heads of state, the relevant departments and enterprises of the two countries signed nearly 20 cooperation documents, covering economy and trade, investment, energy, sports and other fields. The two sides also signed relevant documents on the roadmap for high-quality development of China-Russia trade in goods and services.The china-Russia summit has drawn great attention from the international community.An important background is that the world has entered a new period of turbulence and change, with century-old changes intertwined with the epidemic in the 21st century.During the talks, the two heads of state had an in-depth and thorough exchange of views on China-Russia relations and a series of major issues concerning international strategic security and stability and reached broad consensus.Following the talks, President Xi jinping also hosted a banquet for President Putin, during which the two had an in-depth exchange of views on the current international and regional situation as well as major hotspot issues of mutual interest.”In the face of profound and complex changes in the international situation, China and Russia are committed to deepening back-to-back strategic coordination and upholding international fairness and justice side by side.This is a strategic choice that will have a far-reaching impact on both China and Russia and the world at large. It was, is and will not be shaken.”President Xi jinping’s words are firm and forceful.On bilateral relations — The two sides should maintain close high-level exchanges, always adhere to the four principles of mutual firm support, and give strong support to each other in safeguarding sovereignty, security and development interests, effectively responding to external interference and regional security threats, and maintaining international strategic stability.On strategic coordination — The two sides need to step up coordination and cooperation in international affairs, and show great generosity and actions as major countries in fighting the epidemic, boosting the economy and addressing climate change, among other pressing issues that the international community is looking forward to.It is worth noting that after the event, the two sides issued a joint statement on international relations and global sustainable development in the New Era, focusing on the common positions of China and Russia on democracy, development, security and order. The weight of this 7,000-word document is evident.”The joint statement we issued today reflects the highly consistent position of Russia and China on major international issues.”President Putin spoke highly of it.History has proved and will continue to prove that as long as China and Russia stand side by side and deepen coordination back-to-back, the international order cannot be disrupted, world justice cannot be overturned, and hegemonism cannot win.