China’s Xi Jinping stresses key role of ties with Russia

BEIJING — President Xi Jinping underlined the importance of strategic coordination between China and Russia on Monday, saying that strengthening the countries’ partnership can effectively frustrate any attempt to suppress them and harm their relationship.

He said the bilateral relationship cannot be influenced by the changes in the international situation or affected by other factors, adding that the two countries should join hands to safeguard international justice.

Xi made the remarks in a phone conversation with his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, in which they extended New Year’s greetings to each other and the people of the two countries.

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