China's Xi Jinping applauds Putin re-election, hails 'best level' ties

Russian President Vladimir Putin (left) and Chinese President Xi Jinping shake hands during a meeting on the sidelines of the Apec summit in Danang, Vietnam, on Nov 10, 2017.
Russian President Vladimir Putin (left) and Chinese President Xi Jinping shake hands during a meeting on the sidelines of the Apec summit in Danang, Vietnam, on Nov 10, 2017. PHOTO: REUTERS

BEIJING (AFP) - Chinese President Xi Jinping on Monday (March 19) congratulated Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin on his re-election, saying Beijing was willing to work with Moscow to bring ties to a "higher level".

"Currently, the China-Russia comprehensive strategic cooperative partnership is at the best level in history, which sets an example for building a new type of international relations," Mr Xi said, according to the official Xinhua news agency.