Russian President Vladimir Putin praised the Sino-Russian trade relations during a meeting with Chinese Vice President Wang Qishan on the sidelines of the Saint Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF) on Thursday. «China is Russia's largest economic partner,» the Russian leader told Wang, adding «Chinese-Russian interaction has acquired an unprecedentedly high and qualitative level... Еще.» Wang stated his trip to SPIEF is significant since Beijing wants to «show support to the Russian side.» «As long as Russia and China are the members of the UN Security Council, they are world powers, we are standing side by side and move forward together. Our relations influence not only Eurasia, but the whole world,» the Chinese VP continued. Held annually since 1997, and under the auspices of the Russian president since 2005, SPIEF is a leading business event for the global economic sector. The forum brings together the heads of international organisations, well-known public figures, leading academics, experts and the media.