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Xi gives an interview to Rossiya TV in Sochi

02-09-2014 20:25 BJT Special Report: China’s Leaders |
Special Report: Sochi 2014 Olympics |

Xi Jinping was in Sochi for the opening ceremony of the 22nd Winter Olympic Games. While he was there, he spoke to Rossiya TV. In the interview aired on Saturday, the Chinese President said he was very glad to be in Sochi and he was "very satisfied" with the development of relations with Russia.

Visiting Chinese President Xi Jinping (L) gives an interview to a Russian TV channel in
Sochi, Russia, Feb. 7, 2014. (Xinhua/Lan Hongguang)

"My visit here is to show our support to Russia. Chinese people like to say that the more neighbors visit each other, the more close they will be. If good things happen to neighbors, we should to go and congratulate them. So we have come here is to offer our congratulations to our neighbors for holding these games. This visit will also be a good beginning for our relations this year. I think China-Russia relations have the most solid foundation, the highest level of mutual trust and the greatest regional and global influence ever. President Putin and I cherish these relations," Xi Jinping said.

The Chinese President recalled that he visited Russia in March last year only a few days after taking over the Chinese presidency. During that visit, he and President Vladimir Putin reached an important consensus on strengthening comprehensive strategic cooperation. He said this cooperation has accomplished a great deal, promoting the development and prosperity of both countries, and also helping safeguard international justice, stability and peace.

Visiting Chinese President Xi Jinping (L) gives an interview to a Russian TV channel in
Sochi, Russia, Feb. 7, 2014. (Xinhua/Lan Hongguang)

Xi Jinping said reform and opening-up remain the primary path for China to achieve new development. He said the breadth and depth of China’s reform have expanded considerably. But now, with low-hanging fruit already picked, China must steadily roll out bolder measures.

President Xi was asked about his first year in office. He said it’s important for a Chinese leader to consider the whole picture, balancing different issues while focusing on priorities.

He said his philosophy as Chinese president, is to serve the people and shoulder responsibility. Asked about what sports he likes, he said swimming and climbing mountains. In winter games, he especially likes ice hockey, because it needs both personal skill and good teamwork.


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