China’s premier hails close ties in talks with Russian PM

SpaceWar.com reports: “China’s premier on Wednesday hailed the ‘strategic cooperative partnership’ between Beijing and Moscow as he hosted the Russian prime minister, with the two sides expected to sign a number of economic and infrastructure deals.

The two nations have in recent years ramped up economic and diplomatic cooperation, and have grown closer since Russia invaded Ukraine despite China’s insistence that it is neutral in that conflict.

Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin arrived in China on Monday, attending a business forum in Shanghai on Tuesday before travelling to Beijing to meet Premier Li Qiang and President Xi Jinping.

‘Under the strategic leadership of our two heads of state, the comprehensive strategic cooperative partnership between China and Russia in the new era has always been maintained at a high level,’ Li told Mishustin after a grand welcoming ceremony outside Beijing’s Great Hall of the People on Wednesday.

‘I believe your trip to China this time will definitely leave a deep impression.’

China is Russia’s largest trading partner, with trade between the nations reaching a record $190 billion last year, according to Chinese customs data…”

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