Noting that he very much agrees with the important ideas on such areas as national construction, improvement of the people's livelihood, and scientific and technological innovation Putin proposed in his recent state of the union speech, Xi said he believed both China and Russia will stick to their own development paths in the predetermined directions and make new achievements.
Zhao also called the "toilet revolution" campaign－building and renovating toilets in tourism resorts and rural areas－a great idea. It demonstrates the government's consideration for even small things related to the people's quality of life.
"Thanks to your promotion in person, the Russia-China comprehensive strategic cooperative partnership is at the highest level in history," Putin said, adding that Russia cherishes the friendship with China, and is willing to work with China to make high-level exchange closer and deepen the comprehensive strategic cooperative partnership between the two countries.
The second direction is simply an acceptance that China now has a responsibility to frame a common language to deal with issues like environmental ones, global governance, security. The forces of protectionism and isolationism that we have seen in the US and EU in the last few years, and which can be traced back to the shock of the global economic crisis of 2008 and its impact on wealth levels, equality and social development, pull in a different way to those that are likely to best be able to address common problems. It seems that in many places there is an attempt to draw boundaries more tightly, to walk away from even trying to think in an international way, and to complain that the global agenda is no longer one that entirely suits the partners that used to be so keen on it.
China and Russia are comprehensive strategic cooperative partners that stand together through thick and thin, Xi said.