Beijing : While China’s new President Xi Jinping seeks to strike a new relationship with Russia, making it his first foreign stopover, Russian embassy here faced an upsurge in Chinese nationalism with web users asking Moscow to return the territories it retained under a border agreement.

A senior Russian diplomat called for greater understanding by Chinese in response to a barrage of negative comments made by web users on the Russian embassy’s Weibo microblog accounts, coinciding with Xi’s current visit to Moscow.

“We noticed some negative comments left by some Weibo users, and we have said that the embassy’s gate is open for talk,” Evgeny Tomikhin, the embassy’s minister counsellor, told state-run Global Times here. More than 1,400 comments were posted on the Russian embassy’s newly-opened microblog account on Sina Weibo, with nearly a quarter demanding Moscow return territory allegedly seized from China. The postings came as China is looking to improve its relations with Russia with a host of energy and defence deals during the current visit of Xi.

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