Russian President Vladimir Putin arrives in Beijing on Tuesday, starting a three-day state visit aimed at forging stronger Russia-China ties.
Well before Putin's arrival, media coverage has focused heavily on the itinerary of the visit, the Russian leader's first to China after returning to the Kremlin.
In his February article "Russia and the Changing World," Putin has set China among other Asian-Pacific countries as a priority of his foreign policy and pledged to "catch the 'Chinese wind'" to propel the domestic economy.
Analysts believe Putin's China trip carries great weight and will help bilateral relations move into higher gear.
As the world is undergoing profound changes in political and economic landscapes, the two giant neighbors, carrying out ever-deepening cooperation, have become active agents of tilting balance toward a multipolar world and expediting the rise of new political and economic orders.
Both countries oppose the cold-war style alliance and seek to build a new-style partnership based on equality and mutual respect.
A case in point is their effective cooperation within the framework of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO), an increasing influential regional grouping with security and economic cooperation as its two wheels.
Thanks to the growing economic cooperation among members, lives of hundreds of millions of households across the region have been lifted, making the Euroasia region one of the most dynamic parts in the world.
When the financial crisis has left most of the economic powerhouses in dire straits, China and Russia, along with other BRIC members, posted strong economic performance, giving a forward thrust to the sluggish world economy.
Sharing similar or the same positions on many international issues, the two permanent members of the UN Security Council always stand together to uphold the principle of noninterference in the internal affairs of sovereign nations and support the UN's leading role in resolving the international hot spots.
On top of that, the two countries share a broad range of common interests in pushing forward the reform of international monetary and financial system by seeking a bigger say for the developing economies in the international affairs.
With Putin's visit, the cooperation between China and Russia will get a strong boost, which is conducive to building a multipolar world and regional stability and prosperity as well.