Russian President Vladimir Putin will visit China later this year, for his first meetings with senior Chinese officials since being elected for a fourth term.
According to Russian state media, an official state visit will be held in conjunction with a meeting of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) in Qingdao, scheduled for June.
Chinese President Xi Jinping visited Russia last year, and during an Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) meeting in November, the two leaders promised to enhance bilateral ties and cooperation on international affairs.
Since then, both have consolidated power, with Xi beginning his second term as President after securing a change to the country’s constitution clearing him to potentially serve for life.
Last week, Putin scored a landslide win in an election with no effective opposition, securing a record fourth term as President until 2024.