Chinese President Xi Jinping today imposed on his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, the first Medal of Friendship with the People’s Republic of China, in a gesture that seeks to enhance the increasingly firm alliance between the two powers.
It is a new decoration, one of the most important in the country, which the Government of Beijing will grant to foreigners who have made important contributions to relations with China or to the maintenance of peace internationally.
The medal “is the highest honor of China” for foreigners, Xi stressed in a solemn ceremony at the Great Hall of the People, in which he stressed the importance of “the first” award being to “honor an old friend and partner “,” my best friend “.
Before an audience of hundreds of guests from both countries, Putin expressed, for his part, that it is “the greatest privilege” and thanked “the great honor” of being the first recipient of this award, and also to Xi for having decided to grant it.
The imposition of the medal took place in a separate ceremony after a meeting between the two presidents, during Putin’s trip to China to participate in the summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO), an organization that coordinates regional security in Asia. , which is celebrated this weekend in the city of Qingdao.