Xi Jinping's state visit to Russia will last from March 20 to 22. The Russian Federation is the first country the Chinese leader has visited since his March 10 reelection to a third term by the National People's Congress. According to diplomatic protocol, state visit is the highest in the gradation of foreign visits, TASS noted.
Kremlin aide Yury Ushakov told reporters that Russian President Vladimir Putin and Xi Jinping will hold face-to-face talks in the Kremlin on Monday afternoon. The talks will continue on March 21, when the leaders will be joined by members of delegations. In addition, Xi Jinping is scheduled to meet with Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin on Tuesday morning. Ushakov also noted that the visit would be strictly a business visit, "there will be no additional protocol stuff, the main thing is negotiations, negotiations and negotiations."
"In a troubled world, China is ready to act in concert with Russia to firmly uphold the UN-centric international system, safeguard the world order based on international law and the fundamental norms of international relations relying on the purposes and principles of the UN Charter, support true multilateralism, promote multipolarity in the world, democratise international relations and promote global governance on a more just and rational track," Xi said upon his arrival, according to the Russian news agency.
He said free-market mechanisms in China are combined with "a fairly confident political course and bring their visible results." Putin said, "I’m sure that under your leadership China will make further steps in its development and will achieve the goals that you are setting for yourself.".