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    Xi in Russia to hold talks with Putin on boosting ties amid US-China tension

    By Ians

    Moscow, July 4: Visiting Chinese President Xi Jinping and his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin agreed to further boost bilateral ties and strengthen coordination on the Korean Peninsula and other major issues.

    China and Russia are comprehensive strategic partners of coordination, and it is quite important for them to intensify communication and coordination in dealing with major affairs, said Xi, who held talks with Putin in the Kremlin shortly after his arrival in Moscow, reports Xinhua news agency.

    Xi in Russia to hold talks with Putin on boosting ties amid US-China tension

    The two sides should strengthen cooperation, and steadfastly support each other in pursuing their own development paths and defending their respective sovereignty, national security and development interests, said the Chinese president.

    They also need to step up policy communication and action coordination on major regional and global issues, so as to tackle risks and challenges and promote world peace, stability and prosperity, he added.

    For his part, Putin said he agrees that the two sides should beef up mutual support and strengthen coordination on major regional and global issues.

    It is important to boost head-of-state diplomacy, which leads and promotes the development of bilateral relations, said Putin, adding that Xi's ongoing state visit, the second of its kind since he took office in 2013, will further boost the two countries' partnership.

    The two leaders also exchanged views on the Korean Peninsula and Syria issues. They agreed to jointly push for a proper settlement of the peninsula issue via dialogue and negotiation.

    As for the US deployment of the Terminal High Altitude Area Defence (Thaad) system in South Korea, Xi and Putin said the move concerns the strategic balance in the region.

    China and Russia, they stressed, are both opposed to installing the Thaad in South Korea.

    Trump, Putin and Xi will attend the Group of 20 summit in Germany later this week.


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