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2015-05-08 China-Russia Relations
   2015-05-08 10:16:46    CRIENGLISH.com      Web Editor: Ding Heng

Servicemen of the People's Liberation Army of China at the final rehearsal ahead of Russia's upcoming military parade to mark the 70th anniversary of Victory in the 1941-1945 Great Patriotic War. [Photo by Iliya Pitalev]

China's President Xi Jinping is going to Russia for his fourth visit to the country since he became China's President in 2013. His main agendas in Russia include an attendance at the 70th anniversary celebration of Russia's victory in World War Two. The move represents China's firm determination to protect and preserve the fruits of the war.

The visit is also expected to bring forth now cooperative initiatives between the two neighbors bonded by an ever deeper strategic partnership. Russia's feeble economy needs to find a new driver and more diversification, something that China can offer a helping hand. In another sign of upgraded strategic relationship, China and Russia will stage a joint naval exercise in the Mediterranean, the first time for China to do so.

President Xi Jinping's overseas tour also includes a visit to Kazakhstan and Belarus, which are widely believed to accelerate China's "One Belt, one Road" initiative.

So how do experts assess the importance of President Xi Jinping's visit, in particular, his visit to Russia?

Ni Hao, you're listening to People In the Know, presenting you with insights into the headlines in China, and around the world, I'm Zheng Chenguang in Beijing.

I speak to Dr. Yu Bin, Professor of Political Science, Wittenberg University in the US, and Professor Dmitri Trenin, Director of the Carnegie Moscow Center.

 
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