Relations between Chinese and Russian ruling parties are indispensable to the Sino-Russian relations of strategic cooperation and partnership, visiting Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping said on Tuesday.
Xi, who is also member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC), made the statement when attending the opening ceremony of the second round of strategic dialogue between the Chinese and Russian ruling parties.
Since inception, the Sino-Russian relations of strategic cooperation and partnership has been developing in a strong and sound manner against the backdrop of an increasingly complicated exterior environment, said Xi.
In recent years, the CPC and the United Russia party, having formed a mechanism of all-round and multi-layer exchanges, as well as a relationship of strategic cooperation, have played an increasingly important and unique part in promoting the advancement of bilateral ties.
The second round of Sino-Russian inter-party strategic dialogue, under the theme of "Chinese and Russian ruling parties' responsibility in post-crisis era," is of vital pragmatic significance for the two parties to strengthen capacity building, enrich the connotation of exchange mechanism, and further elevate the level of inter-party strategic cooperation, said Xi.
Boris Gryzlov, Chairman of Russian State Duma and the United Russia Supreme Council, read a congratulatory message at the opening ceremony from Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, also chairman of the United Russia.
Exchanges and cooperation between United Russia and the CPC have reached a whole new level, said Putin. The inter-party dialogue fully demonstrates a highly responsible attitude from both parties to seek the well-being of the peoples of the two countries.
Putin said he believed a successful dialogue would provide a strong momentum for deepening the relationship between the two parties as well as the two countries.
The Chinese vice-president also laid a wreath to the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier after the opening ceremony, attended by some 100 representatives from the two parties.
Xi, who arrived in Russia on Saturday, is on a four-nation European tour which will also take him to Belarus, Finland and Sweden.