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Putin eyes closer partnership with China

By Xinhua in St. Petersburg, Russia ( China Daily ) Updated: 2016-06-24 08:29:56

Russian President Vladimir Putin has said that his country and China are diversifying trade and exploring new cooperation areas in joint pursuit of a more productive partnership amid a challenging global landscape.

"We see each other as close allies, so of course we always listen to each other - by this I mean we keep each other's interests in mind," Putin said in an hourlong exclusive interview with Xinhua President Cai Mingzhao in St Petersburg.

Recalling that the two countries established a strategic partnership two decades ago and signed a treaty of friendship and cooperation 15 years ago, Putin said mutual trust between them has reached an unprecedented level and laid a solid foundation for bilateral cooperation.

Putin eyes closer partnership with China

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