Russian President Vladimir Putin will make a state visit to China this week in a bid to consolidate mutual political and strategic trust and inject new impetus to bilateral ties, senior Chinese diplomat said today.
Putin will visit China from June 25 after attending the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation meeting in Tashkent where he will be meeting his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping.
Both Xi and Putin were scheduled to attend the SCO summit on June 23 to 24 where the member countries will review progress for admission of India and Pakistan as regular members.
SCO which was founded in 2001 in Shanghai comprise of China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan as full members.
Afghanistan, Belarus, India, Iran, Mongolia and Pakistan has observer status.
Putin will visit at the invitation of his Chinese counterpart Xi, Lu said in a statement.
Xi will hold talks with Putin and they will have an in-depth exchange of views on bilateral ties and issues of common concern, another Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying said.
The two leaders will plan the development direction and priority cooperation areas of the China-Russia comprehensive strategic partnership of coordination, and they will sign important political documents and witness the inking of a series of documents of pragmatic cooperation, she said.
Chinese Premier Li Keqiang and top legislator Zhang Dejiang will also meet Putin, Hua said.
This year marks the 15th anniversary of the signing of the Sino-Russian Good-Neighbourly Treaty of Friendship and Cooperation and both sides will hold events to mark the occasion, Hua said.
China hopes that Putin’s upcoming visit will consolidate mutual political and strategic trust, promote pragmatic cooperation in various areas, inject new impetus to bilateral ties, and contribute more to international and regional peace, security and stability.