|President Xi Jinping and President Vladimir Putin of Russia Exchange New Year Congratulatory Messages|
On December 31, 2013, President Xi Jinping and President Vladimir Putin of Russia exchanged New Year congratulatory messages with each other.
Xi Jinping, in his congratulatory messages, said, on the occasion of the upcoming New Year of 2014, on behalf of the Chinese government and the Chinese people and in my own name, I extend sincere greetings to you and through you, to the friendly Russian people! Looking back on the Year 2013, I am quite satisfied that we, for promoting the healthy and stable development of the international situation and the overall development and revitalization of China and Russia, viewed and developed China-Russia comprehensive strategic partnership with strategic thinking and from a global perspective, and made important progress in bilateral cooperation in all fields. I always believe that the high-level and strong China-Russia relationship brings hope and fortune to our two peoples, as well as to the people of the world. In the New Year, I wish to maintain close communications and contact with you, joining our hands to further promote the bilateral cooperation in various fields for more progress and to continue our efforts for more new prospects for the development of bilateral relations. I believe that the China-Russia Youth Friendly Exchanges Year program in 2014 and 2015 will further deepen the understanding and friendship between the young people of the two countries, and the concepts of passing on bilateral friendship from generation to generation and achieving common revitalization will be more deeply rooted in people's heart It will make new contributions to the continuing in-depth development of comprehensive strategic partnership between China and Russia.
Vladimir Putin in his congratulatory messages, said, on the occasion of the upcoming New Year and the Spring Festival of 2014, I extend my heartfelt congratulations. In the past year, Russia-China relationship enjoyed plentiful good news. Your visit to Russia in March was of great significance. It injected strong impetus to the development of comprehensive strategic partnership between Russia and China and to the bilateral coordination and cooperation in international affairs. Russia-China Tourism Year programs have achieved a great success. Now we have launched a new project together – the Russia-China Youth Friendly Exchanges Year program. I believe that this grand event will further enhance bilateral mutual understanding and trust between the two peoples.
Premier Li Keqiang of the State Council and Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev of Russia as well exchanged New Year congratulatory messages with each other.