BEIJING, June 6 (Xinhuanet) -- Russian President Vladimir Putin is in China for an official visit. It's Putin's first trip to Asia since he reclaimed the presidency. He says the trip is to build a growing partnership with Russia's neighbor to the South.
The two leaders have signed a joint communique to deepen the "comprehensive strategic partnership of cooperation". They've also hailed a new approach to international security, based on mutual trust and benefit.
They vowed to be good neighbors, good friends and good partners. Today, they've declared their intention to forge deeper, wider and more practical co-operation.
Russian President Vladimir Putin is greeted by Chinese President Hu Jintao. It's Putin's 7th time in China, but this visit has a special significance. He is working with his Chinese counterpart, to draw-up a blueprint for future relations and economic ties.
The two leaders held talks on various issues of common concern.
Both parties have signed a joint communique to deepen the overall strategic cooperative partnership. They've called for a new approach to security, based on mutual trust, benefit, equality and coordination.
Putin says, "Both Russia and China have long been advocating establishing fair international order. Nations around the world should cooperate to deal with current threats, including terrorism, extremism, expansion of weapons of massive destruction and economic crisis."
President Hu says, "Sino- Russian Strategic Cooperative Partnership is at a historic new start. China is willing to work with Russia, to look upon and deal with bilateral relations from a long term perspective."
Relations between the two territorial giants have improved since Putin first entered the Kremlin in 2000, especially after border issues were finally resolved in 2005.
China and Russia share positions on many global issues. They used their vetoes to prevent UN sanctions from being imposed on Syria. They have similar diplomatic positions on Iran's nuclear program and have common concerns over the situation in Afghanistan.
Vice Foreign Minister Cheng Guoping says, "Putin's visit is a historic one in bilateral relations. The two leaders will exchange opinions on practical issues, especially on major projects of strategic importance."
Economy links the two countries. Russia has vast resources, China has a booming economy. Both have made economic development and rejuvenation, a top priority.
Russian ambassador to China Sergei Razov says,"We expect to optimize the structure of bilateral trade, through the increasing the proportion of value-added products in Russia's exports to China."
Putin's three-day visit is concentrated on economic cooperation. This includes energy, modernization and innovation, mutual investment and inter-regional ties. His big goal is to expand Russia's exports to China.
Russia and China share a border that stretches over 4,000 kilometers. The consequences of their interactions goes beyond their own borders. After many ups and downs, both sides have come to realize that neighbors cannot be chosen, but the course of their relationship can.
Putin's Beijing tour is one of his first state visits abroad, since returning to the Kremlin. The trip's symbolism confirms the importance Russia attaches to its relations with China.
Putin's visit will also coincide with the Shanghai Cooperation Organization summit, a body facilitating effective coordination among member states.