he two heads of state will take part in strategic planni

ning to upgrade bilateral ties, and “jointly usher in a new era of high-level development of China-Russia relations”, he said.

In response to a question about the influence of ongoing Sino-US trade friction on coopera

tion between Chinese and Russian enterprises, Zhang said Beijing and Moscow share a broad conse

nsus and common interests, and will work together to deal with external challenges.

“We have the confidence, resolve and ability to safeguard ou

r country’s sovereignty, security and dignity as well as its development interests,” he added.

“The China-Russia relationship neither targets

a third party, nor will it be weakened by discord sowed by any third party,” Zhang said.

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