18 october

EVENING OF RUSSIA-CHINA FRIENDSHIP AT THE RUSSIAN EMBASSY


On October 18, the Embassy of the Russian Federation in Washington D.C. hosted a festive “Evening of Russia-China Friendship”.

The event organized by Russian and Chinese diplomats commemorated the 70th anniversary of establishment of diplomatic relations between our countries. The celebration included musical and artistic performances, a TASS photo exhibition “Russia-PRC”, as well as a photo contest.

Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Russian Federation to the U.S. Anatoly Antonov in his welcoming remarks emphasized the special importance of the two countries in maintaining international security. The Ambassador noted that the Soviet Union was the first country to recognize the People’s Republic of China the next day the young state was established. Traditions of good-natured relations are being developed by new generations of Russian and Chinese diplomats.

During the festive evening Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the People’s Republic of China to the U.S. Cui Tiankai indicated that China’s special friendship with Russia have been forged and strengthened in the course of history. Now the China-Russia comprehensive strategic partnership of coordination has entered a new era. The two embassies stand ready to enhance exchanges and do our part for China-Russia relations and for the development of our two countries.

The event served as a symbol of reinforcing friendly contacts between our diplomatic missions, confirmed Russian and Chinese intentions to develop a mutually beneficial and equal dialogue through joint efforts both between Moscow and Beijing, as well as with Washington.


Remarks by Anatoly Antonov

Your Excellency Mr. Ambassador, dear friend Cui Tiankai!

Dear colleagues,

On behalf of the Russian Embassy in the U.S. I would like
to cordially thank our Chinese friends for their contribution in today’s event. Our festivities commemorate a significant anniversary – 70 years
of establishment of diplomatic relations between the Russian Federation and the People’s Republic of China.

The Soviet Union was the first country to recognize the young state –the day after the People’s Republic of China was set up. Russia became
a reliable friend of China – we supported China in establishing its statehood.

Modern Russia-China relations are characterized by sustained development and a high level of political trust. They stand on a firm foundation of mutual respect. Today we have reached the highest level
of cooperation in history, and we seek to bolster our friendly and mutually beneficial dialogue in each and every area. Comprehensive partnership and strategic cooperation with China is a priority of Russia’s foreign policy.

This year alone President Putin and Chairman Xi met 3 times. The number of events at ministerial and senior official events is steadily growing. We have great fruitful contacts at the parliamentarian, regional, municipal and, of course, people-to-people levels. This dynamics transforms into practical cooperation. Last year’s bilateral trade volumes showed record growth and surpassed 100 billion U.S. dollars. China is our largest trading partner. Russia, on its part, is ranked the 11th top trade partner of China, getting several points higher over the recent years.

Mutual interest in developing investment cooperation is on the rise. We continue to implement initiatives on conducting trade in national currencies. We successfully advance cooperation in energy and agricultural sectors as well as in high technology. We are rapidly developing humanitarian and cultural ties.

The Russian Federation and the People's Republic of China remain key partners in the international arena and consistently stand for
a polycentric world order. Our countries closely and productively cooperate within such multilateral platforms as the UN, the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, G-20 and BRICS. As permanent members
of the UN Security Council we make a significant contribution
to resolving different issues on the international agenda, maintaining international law and building foreign relations on the principles
of sovereign equality of states, mutual respect and indivisible security.

These high standards lay the ground for the great powers relationships, including cooperation with the United States. Both Moscow and Beijing stand for noninterference in domestic affairs. We strongly oppose the language of threats and sanctions. Our agenda is always unifying, it takes into account interests of all partners.

Our diplomatic missions in Washington have developed amicable contacts. I would like to thank Ambassador Cui Tiankai and every member
of the Chinese Embassy for a constructive interaction with our diplomats. Friendship and good neighborly relations between the peoples of China and Russia will continue to evolve. We hope for further comprehensive development and strengthening of Russia-China relations.

Thank you.