The plane of China’s newly elected President Xi Jinping has touched doen in Moscow’s Vnukovo airport marking the beginning of his maiden trip overseas. The fact that the Chinese leader is visiting Russia so soon after assuming presidency is a testimony to the importance the Asian giant places on its relations with Russia.
Newly elected Chinese President Xi Jinping starts his visit to Russia, the first leg of his four-state visit since he became the new President earlier in March. During his state visit to Russia, Xi Jinping will announce the opening of the Chinese Tourism Year in Russia. He will also deliver a speech at the Moscow State Institute of International Relations.
Over the years, China-Russian relations have undergone robust development. Bilateral trade has amounted to 88 billion U.S. dollars in 2012, an 11.2-percent increase year-on-year. On the world stage, China and Russia have strengthened their strategic coordination facing intricate global and regional situations. President Xi Jinping’s visit to Russia this time is expected to promote both countries’ pragmatic cooperation in energy, trade and people-to-people exchanges.
China has become Russia’s largest trade partner for the second year in a row. The two countries see a rise in investments and a boost of energy, regional and border cooperation.
So what is the focus of President Xi Jinping’s visit to Russia this time? And how can China and Russia advance their already robust relationship?