Sino-Russian relations

Xi's first overseas foray 'a symbolic victory', analysts say

President Xi Jinping and his wife Peng Liyuan. Photo: AFP

The choice of destinations shows that Xi Jinping, who became president last month, preferred to play it safe in choosing countries in which errors were unlikely to be made.

Monday, 1 April, 2013, 11:05am

Stability is better than rivalry

Chinese President Xi Jinping. Photo: Reuters

The first stops of overseas trips by new leaders are always watched closely for signs, signals and symbolism. It was always going to be doubly so for Xi Jinping, the head of state of the world's most dynamic nation, as he took his first steps on the international stage in Russia.

26 Mar 2013 - 3:28am

China to buy Lada-class subs, Su-35 fighters from Russia

Chinese State Councilor Chang Wanquan (left), who is also the Defence Minister of China, meets with Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu in Moscow on Sunday. Photo: Xinhua

China has signed an agreement with Russia to buy 24 Sukhoi Su-35 fighter jets and four Lada-class submarines in its biggest weapons purchase from Moscow in a decade, state media reported.

27 Mar 2013 - 2:00am 6 comments

Show of close Sino-Russian relations masks conflicts, analysts say

Xi Jinping. Photo: AP

Xi Jinping's maiden diplomatic trip to Russia as president has seen the two countries attempt to portray a close relationship, but analysts say both nations still have to address sensitive issues.

25 Mar 2013 - 6:05am

China bond with Russia keeps the peace: Xi

Chinese President Xi Jinping meets with Russia's Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev in Moscow. Photo: Xinhua

The bond between China and Russia is one of the most important bilateral relationships in the world and provides "strategic balance to global order", President Xi Jinping said yesterday in an apparent reference to the United States' re-emergence in Asia.

24 Mar 2013 - 2:16pm

Xi turns on charm in speech on Sino-Russian relation

President Xi Jinping

President Xi Jinping turned on his personal charm during a speech at the prestigious Moscow State Institute of International Relations yesterday, stressing his admiration for Russian literature and using a metaphor to describe his view on international relations.

24 Mar 2013 - 5:57am 1 comment

Talking points

President Xi Jinping

President Xi Jinping visits Moscow for talks with President Vladimir Putin. In advance of his trip, Xi called Russia "our friendly neighbour", adding that his visit underscored the "great importance" China placed on relations.

22 Mar 2013 - 4:00am

Old Sino-Russian suspicions linger despite Xi visit

Xi Jinping. Photo: AP

The atmosphere surrounding Xi Jinping’s coming trip to Russia – his first overseas visit as China’s new president – reminds me of a slogan from my early childhood in the late 1950s: “Russia-China, Friendship Forever”.

19 Mar 2013 - 5:17pm