Xinhua News Agency Beijing, February 4 (Reporter warm)Chinese President Xi Jinping (2ND R) holds talks with His Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin at the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse in Beijing, Capital of China, Feb. 4, 2018.In a warm and friendly atmosphere, 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.Xi pointed out that he attended the opening ceremony of the Sochi Winter Olympic Games in Russia at the invitation of President Vladimir Putin in 2014. At that time, we promised to meet again in Beijing eight years later.Your visit has fulfilled our “winter Olympics engagement”. I am confident that today’s “Spring Festival” will inject more vitality into China-Russia relations.As COVID-19 continues to spread across the world, the world has entered a new period of turbulence and change, and human society is facing many challenges and crises, Xi said.China and Russia have stayed true to our original aspiration and maintained steady progress in bilateral relations.The two sides firmly support each other in safeguarding their respective core interests. Political and strategic mutual trust has been consolidated and bilateral trade volume has reached a record high.The two sides have actively participated in the reform and development of the global governance system, jointly practiced true multilateralism and safeguarded the spirit of true democracy, and played a central role in uniting the international community to tide over difficulties and upholding international fairness and justice.I am ready to work with President Putin to chart the course for china-Russia relations under the new historical conditions and translate the high-level mutual trust between the two countries into outcomes of cooperation across the board to deliver tangible benefits to the two peoples.Xi stressed that 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 in the past.The two sides should continue to maintain close high-level exchanges, always adhere to the four consensus 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.The two sides should 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 tackling climate change, among other pressing issues that the international community is anxious to address.Xi stressed that China is ready to work with Russia to give full play to the political advantages of bilateral relations and push for more achievements in all-round practical cooperation.We need to implement the roadmap for high-quality development of China-Russia trade in goods and services, deepen cooperation in agriculture, green trade, medicine and health, and the digital economy, promote connectivity of transport infrastructure, smooth logistics on the Eurasian continent, and maintain stability of global industrial and supply chains.We will strengthen strategic energy partnerships, steadily advance major oil and gas cooperation projects, step up joint innovation in major energy technologies, expand cooperation in new energy, support each other in ensuring energy security, and improve the global energy governance system.China and Russia should advance cooperation in scientific and technological innovation and advance cooperation in frontier areas such as artificial intelligence, the Internet of things and the International Lunar Research station.We should deepen communication on fiscal and financial policies and strengthen synergy in fending off financial risks.We will deepen synergize cooperation between the Belt and Road Initiative and the Eurasian Economic Union.I would like to join you in announcing the official launch of the Year of Sports Exchange between China and Russia. We will conduct colorful activities to deepen mutual understanding and traditional friendship between our two peoples.Xi stressed that the Shanghai Cooperation Organization has gone through an extraordinary course of development over the past 20 years and has become an important constructive force in the international community.Both sides should view the sco’s development from a strategic and long-term perspective, keep to the right direction and better safeguard the security and common interests of member states.China is ready to step up communication and coordination with Russia to enable the BRICS cooperation mechanism to play a bigger role in upholding multilateralism, strengthening anti-epidemic cooperation and promoting economic recovery, and make greater contribution to global development while realizing the development of our five countries.Putin said he is delighted to be invited to attend the opening ceremony of the Beijing Winter Olympic Games.The Olympic exchange of visits has become a symbol and a good tradition of close relations between the heads of state of Russia and China.I am confident that with careful preparations, the Chinese people will surely present a top-level Winter Olympics to the world. I look forward to the wonderful performances of the Russian and Chinese athletes in the Winter Olympics.COVID-19 has not stopped me from maintaining close exchanges with President Xi In various ways. Our bilateral trade has made steady progress and our two countries have maintained close coordination in international affairs.Russia sincerely congratulates the Communist Party of China on leading the Chinese people to great development achievements and regards China as Russia’s most important strategic partner and like-minded friend. Russia-china relations are a model of international relations in the 21st century.The joint statement we issued today reflects the highly consistent position of Russia and China on major international issues.The strategic nature of Russia-China relations has never been more prominent, attracting worldwide attention.The deepening of comprehensive strategic coordination between Russia and China is conducive to the respective development of the two countries and the maintenance of their common interests. It is also of great significance to the maintenance of global strategic security and stability.Russia is ready to step up strategic communication and coordination with China, firmly support each other in safeguarding sovereignty and territorial integrity, firmly uphold the core coordinating role of the United Nations, firmly uphold international law and international equity and justice, and promote the building of a more just and equitable international order.Russia is ready to deepen cooperation with China in economy and trade, energy, science and technology, finance and transportation, and jointly host the Russia-China Sports Exchange Year.After the talks, Xi hosted a banquet for Putin.During the meeting, the two heads of state exchanged in-depth views on the current international and regional situation as well as major hotspot issues of mutual concern.Xi jinping and Putin agreed to jointly attend the opening ceremony of the Beijing Winter Olympic Games and wished the ice and snow athletes of the two countries great achievements during the Games.After the event, the two sides issued the Joint Statement of the People’s Republic of China and the Russian Federation on International Relations and Global Sustainable Development in the New Era, which focused on the common positions of China and Russia on democracy, development, security and order.Relevant departments of the two countries also signed a series of cooperation documents in key areas.Ding Xuexiang, Yang Jiechi, Wang Yi, He Lifeng and other officials attended the talks.