Xi, Putin for enhanced China-Russia ties
Chinese President Xi Jinping met his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin and stressed that Beijing stands ready to work with Moscow to continue high-level close contact, enhance mutual support and consolidate political and strategic mutual trust.
The two leaders met Saturday on the sidelines of the annual Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Economic Leaders' Meeting, The New Indian Express reports citing Xinhua.
The meeting called for joint efforts by China and Russia to push forward the process of the Free Trade Area of the Asia-Pacific (FTAAP).
For his part, Putin said Russia and China should strengthen coordination and collaboration in APEC and other multilateral mechanisms.
He said that the high-level relationship between Russia and China is very significant for global peace and stability, noting both sides should maintain close contact.
The Chinese President called on the two neighboring nations to enhance synergy of their national development strategies, and further integrate the construction of the Belt and Road Initiative and the Eurasian Economic Union (EEU).