Noting that 2018 and 2019 will be the years of cooperation and exchanges between the two countries at local levels, Xi said the events will surely boost local exchanges between China and Russia and help develop the popularity of the idea that the two sides share a long-standing friendship and seek common development and prosperity.
Actions speak louder than words. On many occasions in the past year, Xi visited poor rural families, urged officials to serve the people, and warned against undesirable work styles, including bureaucracy and formalism, which may harm people's interests.
China and Russia have also maintained close and effective coordination in international and regional affairs, and have made important contributions in preserving world peace and stability, Xi said.
"We have taken many measures to improve our living environment and barrier-free facilities in the past several years," she said. "The goal is to let the elderly to have a comfortable and safe life here."
"The dramatic improvement in air quality mainly resulted from effective and tougher controls on emissions and advantageous weather to disperse pollutants," said Li Xiang, director of air quality management at the capital's Environmental Protection Bureau. Restrictions covered many sources, such as factories, vehicles and the burning of coal, she said, adding that more than 11,000 polluting companies were closed or moved.