On Thursday, during a side meeting with Russia's President Vladimir Putin, at the East Asia Summit in Singapore, China's Premier Li Keqiang disclose that last week's 23rd regular meeting between Chinese and Russian heads of government has pushed bilateral cooperation toward new achievements.
"Russia and China still have plenty of possibilities to increase their business cooperation. China is willing to deepen cooperation with Russia in trade, investment, finance, energy, and innovation," the Chinese official said, adding that the country is also interested in cooperating to facilitate market access, increase trade and investments and pursue high-tech projects.
Putin responded that "Russia is ready to work together with China in the realization of the agreements already reached and to promote cooperation in the fields of energy, space, aeronautics, technologies, joint research and digital economy."
Russia's president also said it is very important that both countries maintain regular top-level communication, noting that he looks forward to meeting President Xi Jinping again on the sidelines of the Group of 20 Summit to be held in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
All bilateral actions and meetings, according to Putin, are contributing to a solid foundation for the Russia-China comprehensive strategic partnership of coordination.
In 2018, China and Russia have held several high-level meetings in which, according to the director of the Kozmetsky Center Sharyl Cross, both countries expressed shared interest in opposing “unilateral approaches to international problems.”
"Both Beijing and Moscow are sending a clear message to the United States that they have options or could together pose a significant counterbalance to American interests," Cross said, according to The Diplomat.