Chinese leader Xi Jinping may visit Russia next year

BEIJING (UrduPoint News/Sputnik – November 17, 2022) Chinese leader Xi Jinping may visit Russia next year, likely after the session of the Chinese parliament that traditionally takes place in early spring, the Russian ambassador in China Igor Morgulov in an interview with Russian journalists.

“A state visit to Russia by the President of the PRC (People’s Republic of China) is expected to be organized next year, which should take place, as can be assumed, after the sessions of the Chinese parliament, traditionally held at the beginning of spring,” Morgulov said.

He noted that Russian President Vladimir Putin and Xi “regularly exchange messages and communicate by phone and video,” adding that “contacts at the highest level are the main driving and guiding force of Russia-China ties.”

Morgulov added that “the close attention paid by the leaders to the development of mutual cooperation and the personal relations of trust and friendship that have developed between them” is of particular importance.

The ambassador recalled that the leaders met during Putin’s visit to China to attend the opening ceremony of the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing and on the sidelines of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization in the Uzbek city of Samarkand in September.

The ambassador also said that the next meeting of the heads of government of Russia and China is currently being coordinated and could take place in December by teleconference.