Full coverage: Xi visits Russia, Kazakstan and Belarus
For more on China-Russia ties, joining us in the studio is Jia Xiudong, senior research fellow at the China Institute of International Studies. And in Moscow, we have Pavel Felgenhauer, a Russian defense analyst.
Q1. First question for both of you. In recent years we've seen a growing strategic partnership between China and Russia. And Putin is the foreign head of state with whom Xi has met most frequently over the past two years. So how significant is it for President Xi to attend Russia's Victory Day commemorations? Let's first go to Mr. Felgenhauer for opinions from the Moscow side.
Q2. And Mr. Jia, what would you say about President Xi attending the V-Day commemorations?
Q3. Let's talk about military cooperation. Three Chinese and six Russian naval vessels begin a joint naval drills in the eastern Mediterranean starting from Monday. We've also seen more arms deals between the two countries. What does this say about their comprehensive strategic partnership?
Q4. Now for the economic front. Russia has joined the China-initiated Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank. And China's Belt and Road initiative is high on the agenda. And during the leaders' last meeting, the two sides agreed to enhance cooperation in the energy, high-speed rail, high technology, aerospace and finance sectors. What are the prime areas for further economic cooperation?