BEIJING, May 19 (Xinhua) -- China's and Russia's communist parties on Wednesday pledged to work more closely together to cement the partnership between the two countries.
Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping on Wednesday met with Chairman of the Communist Party of the Russian Federation Gennady Zyuganov at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing.
Calling party-to-party exchanges a crucial part of China-Russia relations, Xi, a member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee, said the CPC hopes to work with the Communist Party of Russia to enhance friendship and cooperation between the two countries.
Zyuganov, who is paying his seventh visit to China, said his party firmly supported the Russia-China strategic partnership of coordination and will step up cooperation with the CPC.
On broader bilateral ties, Xi said China-Russia relations had entered a new era of development, characterized by frequent high-level visits, growing cooperation, various people-to-people exchanges, and close coordination in international and regional affairs.
As important neighbors, Russia and China enjoy common interests as the international situation changes profoundly, Zyuganov said.
Zyuganov underscored his party's commitment to boosting bilateral cooperation in all fields.
Zyuganov will next travel to Nanjing, capital of east China's Jiangsu Province, and then tour the World Expo in Shanghai.