The presidents stated that Russian-Chinese relations were at an all-time high and are constantly improving. They reaffirmed their commitment to consistently deepen the comprehensive partnership and strategic interaction in all areas.
The current state of and prospects for trade and economic cooperation, the volume of which is expected to reach record high levels in 2022, were reviewed in detail. It was agreed to expand cooperation in energy, finance, the manufacturing industry, transport and other areas, taking into account the global economic situation that has become more complicated due to the illegitimate sanctions policy pursued by the West. The further development of military and defence ties was touched upon as well.
During the discussion of the situation in the international arena, it was emphasised that Russia and China, as before, have overlapping or very close positions, consistently uphold the fundamental principles of international law, seek to build a truly multipolar and fair system of international relations. The parties confirmed their mutual commitment to improve coordination and mutual support in various multilateral formats, including at the UN. The importance of cooperation within the SCO and BRICS was underscored, in particular, in the context of the upcoming BRICS summit to be hosted by the Chinese presidency on June 23–24.
Vladimir Putin laid out his principled assessment of the situation in Ukraine and the tasks being tackled during the special military operation. The President of China noted the legitimacy of Russia’s actions to protect fundamental national interests in the face of challenges to its security created by external forces.
It was agreed to continue bilateral contacts both at the heads of state level and through various ministries and agencies.
The conversation was held in a traditionally warm and friendly atmosphere.