MOSCOW, Oct. 12 (Xinhua) -- Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin is to visit Beijing on Oct. 12-14, at a time when the People's Republic of China and Russia are celebrating the 60th anniversary of their diplomatic ties.
After going through twists and turns, the Sino-Russian relations today are at their best. The mature, stable and healthy strategic partnership of cooperation between China and Russia, forged in 1996, has become one of the most vibrant and influential bilateral ties in the world.
A variety of seminars and exhibitions were held recently in Moscow to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the bilateral ties.
On Oct. 2, 1949, precisely one day after the founding of the People's Republic of China, the Soviet Union became the first to recognize the newly-born republic and established with it diplomatic ties.
On Dec. 27, 1991, the two countries signed a document in which Russia agreed to carry on the former Soviet Union's diplomatic ties with China.
In 1996, China and Russia formed a partnership of strategic cooperation, and in 2001, the two countries signed a treaty on good-neighborly and friendly cooperation.
In 2008, the two countries managed to resolve their border issue, laying a solid foundation for the advancement of their strategic partnership of cooperation, which is based on friendly neighborhood, equality and mutual trust, mutually beneficial cooperation, and common development.
Guided by the principles of "non-alliance, non-confrontation and not targeting third countries," China and Russia have been steadily enhancing cooperation in political, economic, cultural, science and technology, military and other fields.
Over the past decade and more, the Sino-Russian strategic partnership of cooperation has attained firm legal basis and mature cooperative mechanism. The political mutual trust between the two countries has reached an unprecedented high level. They have supported each other's major issues concerning their national sovereignty and territorial integrity and closely cooperated on the international arena.