by Xinhua writer Tian Dongdong
BEIJING, May 20 (Xinhua) -- By holding their second face-to-face talks within three months, Chinese President Xi Jinping and his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, have infused new vitality into bilateral ties and cooperation.
The frequency of top-level meetings is an indication both of the increasing amity between Beijing and Moscow and of the deepening personal friendship between the two leaders -- two cornerstones for the future development of China-Russia relations.
Hailing China as a reliable friend, Putin said on Monday in Moscow that expanding cooperation with China is undoubtedly Russia's diplomatic priority.
With bilateral trade nearing 90 billion U.S. dollars in 2013 and their political coordination growing smoother, China and Russia have advanced their relationship to its all-time best.
Yet they should and can do more. Closer China-Russia cooperation is a requirement for achieving common development, promoting international fairness and justice, and maintaining world peace.
The extensive consensus reached by the two presidents will undoubtedly inject fresh impetus into the various bilateral cooperation projects as well as their coordination in the international arena.
For one thing, in a turbulent global economy it is of crucial significance for the two countries to strengthen mutually beneficial economic and trade relations and expand mutual investment.
For another, complicated political and security challenges are still haunting the world, which demands that the two global heavyweights work more closely to safeguard the international order and world stability.
China-Russia cooperation in this area is particularly necessary amid alarming attempts by the likes of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to tamper with World War II history and disrupt the post-war order.
That said, the two large economies and hefty players should seize the historic opportunity to further boost their cooperation in various fields for the sake both of themselves and of the world at large.