Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping on Wednesday held talks with Russian, Belarusian presidents separately on efforts to further cooperative relations.
In his meeting with Russian President Dmitry Medvedev on Wednesday morning, Xi said China is ready to continuously enhance mutual political trust and advance pragmatic cooperation with Russia, safeguard common interests, and help promote world peace and stability.
Last year witnessed the celebration of the 60th anniversary of diplomatic ties between China and Russia, as well as the hosting of the "Year of Russian language" in China, which brought about new breakthroughs in the Sino-Russian strategic partnership of cooperation, Xi noted.
Despite some impact on bilateral trade by the global economic crisis, the quality of bilateral economic cooperation has improved, with trade structure optimized and significant progress achieved in energy sector cooperation, he added.
"The close interaction and coordination in international and regional affairs between the two countries, the proper handling of common challenges in the complex international situation, and the efficient collaboration on major global and regional issues have safeguarded our common interests and played an important role in promoting world peace and development," said Xi.
After 60 years of development, the relationship between China and Russia now stands at a new historical starting point, said the Chinese leader.
This year, the two countries will have frequent high-level exchanges, with their leaders holding a series of bilateral and multilateral talks on several important occasions, he said.
Medvedev, for his part, said Russia was satisfied with the current development of the Russia-China strategic partnership of cooperation.
Xi's visit has demonstrated China's political will to strengthen regional cooperation and cultural exchanges with Russia, and will surely help promote the development of bilateral relations, said the Russian leader.
Russia hopes to expand cooperation with China under new circumstances, and the two countries should enhance coordination in global and regional affairs, jointly promoting diplomatic solutions to hotspot issues, said Medvedev.
After wrapping up his tour to Russia, Xi arrived in Belarus' capital of Minsk for a two-day visit Wednesday afternoon.
In a written statement upon his arrival, Xi said China and Belarus have achieved significant cooperation results in all fields including politics, economy, trade and humanities since the establishment of diplomatic ties 18 years ago.
The two countries have supported each other on major issues of mutual concern, maintained close coordination in international affairs, and made positive contributions toward regional stability and common prosperity.
In December 2005, Chinese President Hu Jintao signed a joint statement with his Belarusian counterpart, Alexander Lukashenko, in China, which represented a new stage of bilateral ties, said Xi.
Xi met with Lukashenko after his arrival. During talks with the president, Xi said Sino-Belarusian ties have been developing in a healthy and steady way since inception.
The Chinese government regards Belarus as a trustworthy partner and will firmly dedicate itself to promoting the long-enduring, healthy and stable development of bilateral ties, he added.
Lukashenko, for his part, said Belarus highly values the mutual political trust and understanding with China.
He said the efficient talks with Xi again demonstrated the readiness of both sides to further enhance mutually beneficial cooperation for the welfare of the two peoples.
Belarus is dedicated to strengthening ties with China, he added.
Xi is expected to continue his four-nation Europe tour in Finland and Sweden after his stay in Belarus on Thursday.