China - Russia

Chronology from Jan 2018 to May 2018

: Fifth Russian-Chinese conference of the Valdai Discussion Club, titled “Russia and China: Contemporary Development Challenges” is held in Shanghai and more than 50 officials and leading experts from Russia and China attend.

:   Russian FM Lavrov visits China and meets FM Wang. Lavrov also attends the SCO’s annual foreign ministerial meeting, where President Xi meets SCO foreign ministers.

:   China’s Foreign Minister and State Counselor Wang Yi visits Moscow as President Xi’s special envoy. He meets Russian counterpart Lavrov and President Putin.

:   Russian-Chinese Commission on the joint verification of two sections of the state border between Russia and China holds its first sessions in Moscow.

:   China’s Defense Minister Gen. Wei Fenghe visits Russia and leads the Chinese group for the seventh Moscow International Security Conference.

:  President Xi and Premier Li Keqiang send messages of condolence to Russian counterparts for the 64 victims of a fire in a department store in Kemerovo Siberia.

:   More than 20 Western countries expel more than 130 Russian diplomats in retaliation against the alleged nerve agent poisoning of former Russian spy Sergei V. Skripal and his daughter in the UK on March 4.

: President Xi sends a congratulatory message to President-elect Putin. Xi and Putin also talk over the phone.

:   President Vladimir Putin sends congratulatory message to Xi Jinping on his election as president of China. Putin notes that Russia-China relations have reached an unprecedented height thanks largely to Xi’s personal push.

:   Deputy Foreign Minister Morgulov travels to Beijing to co-chair the Russian-Chinese Dialogue on Security in Northeast Asia with China’s Assistant Foreign Minister Kong Xuanyou. Morgulov also meets Foreign Minister Wang Yi.

:   Deputy Foreign Minister and Special Presidential Representative for the Middle East and Africa Bogdanov meets China’s Special Envoy on the Middle East Gong Xiaosheng on the sidelines of the Rome II Ministerial Meeting to support the Lebanese Armed Forces and the Internal Security Forces. They discuss the Middle East, including the current situation in Syria and Libya, and the prospects for a Palestinian-Israeli settlement.

:   Deputy Foreign Minister Morgulov receives Ambassador Li to discuss bilateral relations and the current state of affairs on the Korean Peninsula.

:   Russian State Aerospace Group (ROSCOSMOS) and China National Space Administration sign an agreement of cooperation in the areas of moon exploration, deep space studies, and the creation of a joint data center for space exploration. The document is signed on the sidelines of the second International Forum of Space Exploration in Tokyo.

:   Opening ceremony for the Years of Russian-Chinese Interregional Cooperation (2018 and 2019) is chaired in Harbin by Chinese Vice Premier Wang Yang and Russian Deputy Prime Minister and Plenipotentiary Presidential Representative in the Far Eastern Federal District Yury Trutnev.

:   Russia’s Deputy Foreign Minister and Special Presidential Representative for the Middle East and Africa Mikhail Bogdanov receives Chinese Ambassador Li to discuss the Middle East and Syria.

: Deputy Foreign Minister Morgulov meets Chinese Assistant Foreign Minister Kong Xuanyou in Moscow. They exchange opinions on the Korean nuclear issue and Northeast Asia and emphasize “the need to further improve coordination of efforts between Russia and China in order to de-escalate tension and settle the entire range of problems in the region based on mutually promoted peace initiatives.”

: Russia’s Deputy Foreign Minister Igor Morgulov meets China’s Ambassador to Russia Li Hui to discuss the Korean Peninsula and agree to coordinate bilateral efforts with a view to reaching a political and diplomatic settlement.

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