Telephone conversation with President of China Xi Jinping 2020-04-16 18:00:00 Vladimir Putin had a telephone conversation with President of the People's Republic of China Xi Jinping. It was stressed during an in-depth discussion of the developments in the coronavirus pandemic that mutual support in countering this global threat is further evidence of the special nature of the Russian-Chinese comprehensive strategic partnership. The two leaders reaffirmed their commitment to further strengthening their cooperation in this area, including the exchange of experts and medical equipment, medicines and protective gear. Vladimir Putin praised the consistent and effective actions of Russia’s Chinese partners, which helped stabilise the epidemiological situation in the country. He stressed that it was counterproductive to accuse China of releasing information to the global community on this dangerous infection in an untimely manner. The two leaders expressed confidence that the countries would be able to successfully overcome pandemic-related challenges if they continue to cooperate closely with each other. The positive development of bilateral relations in general, including the continuous growth of mutual trade, was noted. The leaders also touched upon current international issues. They agreed that Russia and China would further coordinate their diplomatic efforts.