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    July 4, 2017. From left: Russian President Vladimir Putin meets with People's Republic of China President Xi Jinping in Moscow.

    Chinese President Says Ready to Enhance Cooperation With Russia in 2018

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    Chinese President said that he hopes for comprehensive strategic cooperation between Beijing and Moscow to be expanded.

    BEIJING (Sputnik) — Chinese President Xi Jinping expressed readiness to enhance trust with Russia and to expand cooperation with Moscow in 2018, local media reported Sunday.

    According to the Xinhua news agency, the Chinese leader congratulated Russian President Vladimir Putin on New Year and expressed readiness to join Putin in "consolidation" of the mutual trust.

    Xi also expressed hope that the comprehensive strategic cooperation between Beijing and Moscow would be expanded, the media outlet added.

    In recent years, the level of cooperation between Russia and China has drastically increased, particularly in the fields of defense, energy and the economy.

    In previous month, Russian President Vladimir Putin said at a meeting with his Chinese counterpart that Moscow and Beijing would look for new areas in which the two countries may cooperate.

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