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Putin's Visit to China

Review of Bilateral Relations

October 2, 1949 (The PRC established diplomatic relations with the USSR. After the USSR was disintegrated, China and Russia signed the minutes of talks on December 27, 1991, thus solved the inheritance problem of the relations between the two countries.)

December 16, 1949 - February 17, 1950, Chairman of the Central Committee of the Chinese Communist Party, Mao Zedong visited the Soviet Union.

August 17 -September 22, 1952, Premier of the Government Administration Council, Zhou Enlai visited the Soviet Union.

September 29 - October 12, 1954, First Secretary of the Central Committee of the Soviet Communist Party, Khrushchev came to China to attend the celebrations of the 5th anniversary of the founding of the PRC.

February 4 - March 20, 1956, Vice-Chairman of the Central Committee of the Chinese Communist Party, Vice-Chairman of the Standing Committee of NPC, Zhu De went to the Soviet Union to attend the 20th National Congress of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union.

April 6 - 7, 1956, First Vice-Chairman of the Council of Ministers of the USSR, Mikoyan led a government delegation to visit China.

September 15 - 27, 1956, First Vice-Chairman of the Council of Ministers of the USSR, Mikoyan came to China to attend the 8th National Congress of the Communist Party of China.

October 23 - 31, 1956, Vice-Chairman of the Central Committee of the Chinese Communist Party , Liu Shaoqi visited the Soviet Union.

November 2 - 21, 1957, Chairman of the Central Committee of the Chinese Communist Party, Mao Zedong went to Moscow to attend the celebrations of the October Revolution.

July 31 - August 3, 1958, Chairman of the Council of the Ministers of the Soviet Union, Khrushchev visited China, Chairman of the Central Committee of the Chinese Communist Party, Mao Zedong had talks with him.

January 24 - February 9, 1959, Vice-Chairman of the Central Committee of the Chinese Communist Party, Premier of the State Council, Zhou Enlai went to Moscow to attend the 21st National Congress of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union.

September 30 - October 4, 1959, Chairman of the Council of the Ministers of the Soviet Union, Khrushchev came to China to attend the celebrations of the 10th anniversary of the founding of the PRC.

September 17 - 22, 1960, General Secretary of the Central Committee of the Chinese Communist Party, Deng Xiaoping went to the Soviet Union to take part in talks between the Chinese and Soviet Communist Parties.

October 15 - 23, 1961, Vice-Chairman of the Central Committee of the Chinese Communist Party, Premier of the State Council, Zhou Enlai went to the Soviet Union to attend the 22nd National Congress of the Soviet Communist Party.

July 5 - 20, 1963, General Secretary of the Central Committee of the Chinese Communist Party, Deng Xiaoping went to the Soviet Union to take part in talks between the Chinese and Soviet Communist Parties.

November 5 -14, 1964, Vice-Chairman of the Central Committee of the Chinese Communist Party, Premier of the State Council, Zhou Enlai went to the Soviet Union to attend the celebrations of the October Revolution.

September 11, 1969, Premier Zhou Enlai met with Kosygin, Chairman of the Council of Ministers of the USSR at Beijing airport.

December 21 - 29, 1984, First Vice-Chairman of the Council of Ministers of the USSR, Arhipov visited China. Both sides signed an agreement on the establishment of a commission of economic, trade, science and technology cooperation.

July 9 - 16, 1985, Vice- Premier of the State Council, Yao Yilin paid an official visit to the Soviet Union.

March 15 - 21, 1986, First Vice-Chairman of the Council of Ministers of the USSR, Chairman of the Soviet side of the Sino-Soviet commission of economic, trade, science and technology cooperation, Arhipov came to China to attend the 1st meeting of the commission.

May 11 - 14, 1987, Vice-Premier of the State Council, Yao Yilin went to the Soviet Union to attend the 2nd meeting of the Sino-Soviet commission of economic, trade
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June 3 - 9, 1988, First Vice-Chairman of the Council of Ministers of the USSR, Chairman of the Soviet side of the Sino-Soviet commission of economic, trade, science and technology cooperation, Masliukov came to China to attend the 3rd meeting of the commission.

May 15 - 18, 1989, Chairman of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet of the USSR, General Secretary of the Central Committee of the Soviet Communist Party, Gorbachev paid an official visit to China, the visit that marked the normalization of the relations between the two countries, China and the Soviet Union, and the restoration of relations between the two Communist Parties.

July 20 - 27, 1989, Vice-Premier of the State Council, Chairman of the Chinese side of the

Sino-Soviet commission of economic, trade, science and technology cooperation, Tian Jiyun went to the Soviet Union to attend the 4th meeting of the commission.

April 23 - 26, 1990, Premier of the State Council, Li Peng paid an official visit to the Soviet Union.

May 31 - June 14, 1990, Vice-Chairman of the Central Military Commission, Liu Huaqing paid an official visit to the Soviet Union.

May 15 - 19, 1991, General Secretary of the Central Committee of the Chinese Communist Party, Chairman of the Central Military Commission of the PRC, Jiang Zemin paid an official visit to the Soviet Union, during which "Sino-Soviet Joint Communique" was issued and the foreign ministers of the two countries signed an agreement on the eastern sections of the Sino-Soviet border.

December 27, 1991, after the disintegration of the USSR, our country declared to officially acknowledge the Government of the Russian Federation and affirmed the establishment of the state relations with it.

December 17 - 19, 1992, At the invitation of the President of the PRC, Yang Shangkun, President of the Russian Federation, Yeltsin paid an official visit to China. President Yang Shangkun and President Yeltsin signed "Joint Statement on the Foundation of Mutual Relations between the People's Republic of China and the Russian Federation", thus it has laid a basis of principle for the development of the friendly relations between the two countries.

September 15, in the same year, President of the Russian Federation, Yeltsin signed a presidential decree on the relations between the Russian Federation and Taiwan, reiterated that Russia recognizes only one China, the Government of the People's Republic of China is the sole legal government on behalf of the Chinese people, Taiwan is an integral part of China; the Russian Federation shall not establish its official relations with Taiwan, with which unofficial links in economy, science and technology, culture and others fields shall be carried out through individual citizens and non-governmental organizations.

In the year of 1993, Sino-Russian relations were maintained in a positive trend of smooth and steady development. The cooperation between the two countries in politics, economy, military science and technology, culture, education and other fields obtained further development.

January 12 - 19, 1993, at the invitation of the Standing Committee of the NPC, Vice-Chairman of the Russian Supreme Soviet, Voronin visited China, Vice-Chairman of the Standing Committee of the NPC, Rong Yiren had talks with the delegation. Chairman of the Standing Committee of the NPC, Wan Li and Premier Li Peng met with the delegation respectively.

June 23 - July 5, 1993, at the invitation of the Russian Vice-Premier Shaoshin, Vice-Chairman of the Central Military Commission, Liu Huaqing led a Chinese government delegation to visit Russia, where he had talks with Vice-Premier Shaoshin about the bilateral industrial, scientific and technological cooperation, transfer of military technology to civil use and other matters of common interest to both sides. Prime Minister Chernomyrdin met with Vice-Chairman Liu Huaqing and senior members of the delegation. Both sides expressed the desire of furthering developing the bilateral relations.

In the year of 1994, Sino-Russian relations were maintained with a momentum of healthy and stable development. The exchanges and scope of cooperation between the two countries in politics, economy, trade, science and technology and military field were respectively broadened, and notable results achieved.

May 14 - 18, 1994, at the invitation of the Standing Committee of the NPC, Chairman of State Duma of the Russian Federation Conference (Lower house of the parliament), Rybkin visited China. This was the first visit of high level parliamentary delegation to China since State Duma of Russia was elected.

May 26 - 29, 1994, at the invitation of Premier Li Peng, Premier of the Russian Federation Government, Chernomyrdin visited China. Premier Li Peng had fruitful talks with Chernomyrdin. President Jiang Zemin met with Premier Chernomyrdin. Both sides signed seven documents, i.e, "The Agreement between Government of the PRC and Government of the Russian Federation on the Administration System of the Sino-Russian Border", "The Agreement between Government of the PRC and Government of the Russian Federation on Avoidance of Double Taxation and Prevention of Tax Evasion and its Protocol" etc. Both sides also issued a press communique.

June 27 - 29, 1994, Vice-Premier and Foreign Minister, Qian Qichen visited Russia, and had talks with Russian Foreign Minister Kotirev. Both sides focused the matters concerning the official visit to Russia in the autumn by President Jiang Zemin. President Yeltsin met with Vice-Premier and Foreign Minister Qian.

June 28 - 29, 1994, Vice-Premier of the Russian Federation Government, Shaoshin visited China. Vice-Chairman of the Central Military Commission, General Liu Huaqing met with Shaoshin and his party. Both sides reviewed the cooperation between the two countries in recent years in economy, science and technology especially the transfer of military technology to civil use, and expressed the continuously strengthening of the cooperation between two countries in the field of transfer of military technology to civil use. President Jiang Zemin met with Vice-Premier Shaoshin.

September 2 - 6, 1994, at the invitation of Russian President Yeltsin, President Jiang Zemin paid an official visit to Russia. The visit by President Jiang was the return visit to President Yeltsin's visit to China in 1992, the first visit by Head of state of China to Russia after the disintegration of the Soviet Union, This high level meeting of the leaders of the two countries was of great significance in promoting of Sino-Russian good neighborly and friendly relations and mutually beneficial cooperation. Both sides reached an identity of views on the establishment of Sino-Russian new type state relations of long-term stable good neighborhood and friendship oriented towards the 21st century. After talks, President Jiang and President Yeltsin signed "China-Russia Joint Statement", "Joint Declaration of the President of the PRC and the President of the Russian Federation on Mutually No-First-Use of Nuclear Weapon and Mutually No-Targeting the Opposite Side with Strategic Nuclear Weapon". Both sides also signed a series of important documents, i.e, "The Agreement between the PRC and the Russian Federation on the Western Sections of the Sino-Russian Border", "The Agreement between Government of the PRC and Government of the Russian Federation on Customs Cooperation and Mutual Assistance", "The Protocol between Government of the PRC and Government of the Russian Federation on Vessels Sailing to and from the Wusulijiang (Wusili River) via Khabarovsk City down to the Heilongjiang (Amur River)" and "The Protocol between the Sino-Russian Governments on Economic and Trade Cooperation in 1994" etc.

In the years of 1995, the good neighborly and friendly relations and mutually beneficial cooperation between the PRC and the Russian Federation continued to be maintained with the momentum of excellent, healthy development. The exchanges and cooperation between the two countries in politics, economy and trade, science and technology, military and political Party fields were further deepened.

May 7 - 9, 1995, at the invitation of Russian President Yeltsin, President Jiang Zemin was present at the celebrations in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the victory of the Anti-fascist War in Moscow. During the visit, President Jiang and President Yeltsin held the a meeting. The leaders of the two states reiterated that they would continue their joint efforts for the development of new type state relations of long-term good neighborhood and friendship, mutually beneficial cooperation. President Yeltsin reaffirmed that all the agreements on the border questions signed by the two countries are sacred and unalterable, Russia shall implement them resolutely.

June 25 - 28, 1995, at the invitation of the Government of the Russian Federation, Premier Li Peng paid an official visit to Russia, during which, Premier Li Peng and President Yeltsin, Premier Chernomyrdin, Chairman of State Duma, Rybkin held meetings and talks respectively. Both sides exchanged views on international issues of common interest with a broadth and depth. During his visit, both sides signed 8 documents, i.e, "Sino-Russian Joint Communique", "The Treaty of Extradition of the PRC and the Russian Federation", "The Agreement between Government of the PRC and Government of the Russian Federation on jointly building bridge of Heihe-Blagoveshchensk across the boundary river, the Heilongjiang (Amur River)" etc.

In the year of 1996, the friendly relations between the PRC and the Russian Federation were maintained with a powerful momentum of development. Both countries declared a strategic partnership of mutual coordination of equality, trust and that orientation towards the 21st century. The cooperation between the both sides in politics, economy and trade, science and technology, military, culture fields respectively was further broadened and deepened.

March 31 - April 5, 1996, at the invitation of Chairman of the Federation Council of the Russian Federation Conference, Stroyev and Chairman of State Duma, Seleznev, Chairman of the Standing Committee of the NPC, Qiao Shi paid an official visit to Russia, The first visit to Russia by Chairman of the Standing Committee of the NPC. During his visit, Chairman Qiao Shi had talks with Stroyev, Seleznev respectively, and met with President Yeltsin, Premier Chernomyrdin respectively. Russian leaders emphasized that to develop relations with China is one of the top priority orientations of the Russian foreign policy, and Russia is willing to carry on more positive cooperation with China in economic, trade and science & technology fields.

April 24 - 26, 1996, at the invitation of President Jiang Zemin , Russian President Yeltsin came to China for the 2nd state visit. During the visit, President Jiang Zemin, Premier Li Peng and Chairman Qiao Shi had talks and then met with Yeltsin respectively. Leaders of the two countries reached an identity of views on "good neighborly and friendly relations generations after generations, mutual respect and trust, equality and mutually beneficial cooperation, joint development of prosperity" between China and Russia. President Jiang and President Yeltsin signed in Beijing "China-Russia Joint Statement", declared that a strategic partnership of mutual coordination of equality, trust and orientation towards the 21st century is established and developed. Both sides also signed 14 bilateral cooperation documents, i.e, "The Agreement between Government of the PRC and Government of the Federation of Russia on the Establishment of Direct Secret Telephone Communication Line" etc. After the conclusion of the visit to China by President Yeltsin, the heads of state of five countries, namely, China, Russia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan held a meeting in Shanghai on 26, they signed the "Agreement on Confidence-Building in Military Field in Border Areas of the PRC, the Russian Federation, Republic of Kazakhstan, the Kyrgyz Republic and Republic of Tajikistan".

September 20 - 26, 1996, at the invitation of Russian State Duma, Chairman of CPPCC National Committee, Li Ruihuan paid an official and friendly visit to Russia, during which Chairman Li Ruihuan and Premier Chernomyrdin, Chairman of the Federation Council, Stroyev, Chairman of State Duma, Seleznev held a meeting respectively.

October 10 -24, 1996, at the invitation of the Standing Committee of the NPC, Chairman of the Russian Federation Council, Stroyev paid an official and friendly visit to China, the first visit to China by the Chairman of the Russian Federation Council. President Jiang Zeemin, Chairman of the Standing Committee of the NPC, Qiao Shi, Chairman of the CPPCC National Committee, Li Ruihuan met with Stroyev and his party respectively. In an interview with the journalists, Stroyev expressed that Russia will unconditionally implement the Russia-China border agreements signed by the leaders of the two countries, thus the strategic principles of the work of demarcation line of the border shall continue to be carried out.

December 26 - 28, 1996, at the invitation of the Premier of the Russian Federation Government, Chernomyrdin, Premier of the State Council, Li Peng went to Russia for a working visit. Both sides declared that the mechanism of regular meetings between Sino-Russian Premiers has formally started. Premier Li Peng and President Yeltsin held a meeting, Premier Li had talks with Premier Chernomyrdin, they exchanged views on the bilateral relations and major international questions in a broad and deep way. During the visit, both sides issued "China-Russia Joint Communique".

In the year of 1997, a strategic partnership of mutual coordination between the PRC and the Russian Federation was further developed and enriched, and the cooperation between the two countries in politics, economy and trade, culture, science and technology field deepened and broadened continuously.

April 22- 25, 1997, at the invitation of the Russian President Yeltsin, President Jiang Zemin paid a state visit to Russia. This was the 4th Sino-Russian summit meeting since 1992. During the visit, Jiang Zemin and Yeltsin had talks and signed "Joint Statement between the PRC and the Russian Federation on Multi-Ploarization of the Word and Establishment of a New International Order", declared the formal set-up of the Sino-Russian Friendship , Peace and Development Committee. President Jiang delivered a speech entitled "Making joint efforts for the establishment of a fair, reasonable new international order" at the Russian State Duma. After the conclusion of the visit to Russia by President Jiang, the heads of state of five countries, namely, China, Russia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan held meeting in Moscow on April 26th, they jointly signed the "Agreement on the Mutual Reduction of Military Forces in the Border Areas of the PRC, the Russian Federation, the Republic of Kazakhstan, the Kyrgyz Republic and the Republic of Tajikistan".

June 26 - 28, 1997, at the invitation of Premier of the State Council, Li Peng, Russian Premier Chernomyrdin paid an official visit to China; the two leaders had the 2nd regular meeting. Both sides deeply exchanged views on Sino-Russian cooperation in specific fields, and signed 10 documents, i.e, the "Agreement between Government of the PRC and Government of the Russian Federation on the establishment of mechanism of regular meeting between Sino-Russian Premiers and its organizational principles", "Agreement between Government of the PRC and Government of the Russian Federation on trade in 1997-1998", "Protocol between Government of the PRC and Government of the Russian Federation on trade in 1997" etc. President Jiang Zemin met with Chernomyrdin and his party.

November 9 - 11, 1997, at the invitation of President Jiang Zemin, Russian President Yeltsin paid a state visit to China. President Jiang Zemin presided over the talks, Premier of the State Council, Li Peng, Chairman of the Standing Committee of the NPC, Qiao Shi respectively met with Yeltsin. Both sides broadly and deeply exchanged views on the bilateral relations and major international issues with a broadth and depth, signed the documents i.e, "China-Russia Joint Statement", "Memorandum of Understanding between Government of the PRC and Government of the Russian Federation on the Basic Orientation of Cooperation in Economy, Science and Technology", "Memorandum of Understanding between Government of the PRC and Government of the Russian Federation on the Basic Principles of the Projects to Lay a Natural Gas Pipeline from Eastern Siberia Area of Russia to China and to Exploit Russian Condensate Gas Field" and "Agreement between Government of the PRC and Government of the Russian Federation on the Principles of Cooperation between the Local Governments of the Two Countries" etc. The 1st meeting of the Sino-Russian Friendship, Peace and Development Committee was held in Beijing and voted to pass the "Agreement on the guiding principles of activities of the Sino-Russian Friendship, Peace and Development Committee". President Jiang Zemin and President Yeltsin together met with the committee members of both sides present at the meeting. Yeltsin issued "Award of the Russian Federation Government" ("Friendship Medal") to four personages from Chinese cultural circle who made great contributions to the Sino-Russian cultural exchanges.

In the year of 1998, a strategic partnership of mutual coordination between the PRC and the Russian Federation was further developed and enriched, the cooperation between the two countries in politics, economy and trade, culture, science and technology fields was deepened and broadened continuously.

February 17 - 18, 1998, at the invitation of Premier of the Russian Federation Government, Chernomyrdin, Premier Li Peng paid an official and a friendly visit to Russia. Premiers of the two countries held the 3rd regular meeting. Both sides signed five bilateral cooperation documents, i.e, the "Agreement between Government of the PRC and Government of the Russian Federation on Cooperation of High Speed Ship Building Field", "Agreement between Government of the PRC and Government of the Russian Federation on settlement of Debts of Government Loans", "Protocol between Government of the PRC and Government of the Russian Federation on economic and trade cooperation", "Exchange of Letters between Government of the PRC and Government of the Russian Federation on Simplification of Formalities by Russian Citizens to Enter the Chinese Side of Mutual Trade Area in the Sino-Russian Border" and "Exchange of Letters between Government of the PRC and Government of the Russia Federation on Setting up International Railway Passenger and Freight Transportation Ports from Hunchun (China) to Mahalino (Russia) in the Sino-Russian Border".

July 14, 1998, at the invitation of Premier of the State Council, Zhu Rongji, Premier of the Russian Federation Government, Kireenk paid a working visit to China. President Jiang Zemin and Premier Zhu Rongji met and had talks with him respectively. Both sides exchanged views on further development of the bilateral relations, especially on matters of promoting bilateral economic and trade cooperation.

October 25 - 30, 1998, at the invitation of Chairman of the Standing Committee of the NPC, LiPeng, Chairman of Russian State Duma, Seleznev paid an official and friendly visit to China. Chairman Li Peng and Seleznev had talks, President Jiang Zemin, Chairman of the CPPCC National Committee, Li Ruihuan met with him respectively.

November 22 - 25, 1998, at the invitation of Russian President Yeltsin, President Jiang Zemin visited Russia, he and President Yeltsin held the informal meeting of Sino-Russian heads of state. During his stay, President Jiang also met with Russian Premier Primacov, Chairman of Federation Council, Stroyev and Chairman of State Duma, Seleznev. Both sides issued a joint statement entitled "China-Russia Relations at the Turn of the Century" and "Joint Communique on the visit by the President of the PRC Jiang Zemin to the Russian Federation and the informal meeting held with President Yeltsin".

February 24 - 27, 1999, Premier Zhu Rongji paid an official visit to Russia, he and Premier Primacov held the 4th regular meeting between the Sino-Russian Premiers, he met with President Yeltsin and Chairman of Federation Council, Stroyev, and he delivered a speech to personages from Russian industrial and commercial circles. During the visit, 16 documents involving economy and trade, science and technology, energy, local cooperation were signed. Both sides deeply exchanged views on the bilateral relations and international problems of common interest, and reached a consensus on important issues as well as agreement.

April 14, 1999, Assistant Foreign Minister of the Foreign Ministry of China, Wang Guangya and Vice Minister of the Foreign Ministry of Russia, Mamaidov had consultations on the question of strategic security in Moscow. Both sides exchanged views on the present international situation, U.S. program of NMD and TMD and the question of "ABM Treaty", both sides issued a "Sino-Russian press communique on consultations of the question concerning "ABM Treaty".

May 10 - 11, 1999, Special envoy of the Russian President, Chernomyrdin visited China, President Jiang Zemin and Premier Zhu Rongji met with him respectively, Vice-Premier Qian Qichen had talks with him. Both sides exchanged views on NATO bombing the Chinese Embassy in Yugoslavia and the question of Kosovo.

June 1 - 3, 1999, Russian Foreign Minister Ivanov visited China. President Jiang Zemin and Premier Zhu Rongji met with him respectively, with whom Foreign Minister Tang Jiaxuan had talks. Both sides deeply exchanged views on the bilateral relations, the international situation and the question of Kosovo, and issued a press communique on Sino-Russian Foreign Ministers meeting in Beijing.

June 7 - 15, 1999, at the invitation of Russian Defence Minister Sergeyev, Vice-Chairman of the Central Military Commission, Zhang Wannian led a delegation to visit Russia. During the visit, Vice-Chairman Zhang had talks with Marshal Sergeyev, had conversations with President Yeltsin on the phone, he also met with the Russian Premier Stepashin and Secretary of the Security Conference of the Russian Federation, Putin. Both sides exchanged views on the bilateral relations, military and technological cooperation and international problems of common interest.

August 25, 1999, In Biskek, President Jiang Zemin met with President Yeltsin alone during his presence at the meeting of the heads of state of five countries, i.e, China, Russia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan. Both sides expressed their desire to further deepen Sino-Russian strategic partnership of mutual coordination and discussed the priority in the field of developing strategic cooperation. Both sides reiterated that they firmly oppose all forms of hegemonism and power politics, and continued to make great efforts in maintaining peace and stability in the region and the world as well. It was decided that the 2nd informal meeting between Sino-Russian heads of state would be held in Beijing in autumn this year.

September 12, 1999, in Auckland, New Zealand, President Jiang Zemin met with Russian Prime Minister Putin on the sidelines of the Informal Leadership meeting of APEC. Putin expressed the willingness to expand economic cooperation and trade between the two countries and reiterated Russia's consistent one-China stand on the Taiwan question.

September 23, 1999, in New York, Foreign Minister Tang Jiaxuan met with Russian Foreign Minister Ivanov. The two sides remarked that they would join hands in bring success to President Yeltsin's visit to China in the 4th quarter of that year and the celebration of the 50th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and Russia. Foreign Minister Tang expressed sympathy and support for the forceful measures taken by the Russian side in maintaining stability, national sovereignty and territorial integrity.

September 30, 1999, President Yeltsin called President Jiang Zemin through the hotline to congratulate China on the 50th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China and of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Russia and China.

September 30, 1999, President Yeltsin had an exclusive interview with Xinhua News Agency on the celebration of the 50th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China and of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Russia and China.

September 30, 1999, Chinese Ambassador to the Russian Federation Wu Tao held a grand reception at the embassy in Moscow to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China. Speaker Seleznev of the Russian State Duma and First Vice Prime Minister Khristenko attended the ceremony at invitation.

October 1, 1999, Chinese Ambassador to Russia Wu Tao held a luncheon in Moscow to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and Russia. Russian Prime Minister Putin was present and gave a speech.

October 2, 1999, Premier Zhu Rongji attended the reception held by the Russian embassy in China on the celebration of the 50th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Russia and China. Foreign Minister Tang Jiaxuan and Russian Ambassador to China Rogachev gave a speech respectively.

October 20, 1999, President Jiang Zemin and Yeltsin exchanged letters of congratulation on the inauguration of the largest project of economic cooperation so far between China and Russia, Tianwan Nuclear Power Station. Vice-Premier Wu Bangguo attended the inauguration ceremony.

October 30, 1999, President Yeltsin addressed a letter to President Jiang Zemin to elucidate Russia's position on the Anti-Ballisitic Missile Treaty.

November 4, 1999, Assistant Foreign Minister Wu Donghe met with and hosted a banquet for the visiting Deputy Foreign Minister Sergeyev of Russia. The two sides had a wide exchange of views on major issues existing in bilateral consular relations.

November 6, 1999, Vice Foreign Minister Wang Yingfan met with visiting Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergeyev. They had discussions on diplomatic premises and amendments to the agreements on the exchanges of citizens and on the mutual exemption of visas for group tourists.

November 15, 1999, Foreign Minister Tang Jiaxuan addressed a letter of thanks to his Russian counterpart, Ivanov, for Russia's joining hands with China in co-sponsoring the draft resolution of upholding and adhering to the ABM Treaty and voting for it at the First Committee of the 54th UN General Assembly.

November 17, 1999, Assistant Foreign Minister Liu Guchang met with Russian Ambassador to China, Rogachev, by appointment. Rogachev was asked to forward a letter from Russian Foreign Minister Ivanov to Foreign Minister Tang Jiaxuan on the resolution adopted by the First Committee of the UN General Assembly concerning upholding and adhering to the ABM Treaty.

November 26, 1999, Assistant Foreign Minister Wang Guangya and Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Berdennikov held the 2nd China-Russia consultation on strategic stability in Moscow.

November 26, 1999, Assistant Foreign Minister Liu Guchang met with Russian Ambassador to China, Rogachev, by appointment. Rogachev was asked to forward Russian Prime Minister Putin's letter on bilateral economic cooperation and trade to Premier Zhu Rongji.

November 27, 1999, Russian President Yeltsin sent a telegraph of congratulation to President Jiang Zemin on China's successful launch of a manned experimental space aircraft, "Shenzhou".

December 2, 1999, President Jiang Zemin answered President Yeltsin's letter dated October 30 on the question of ABM Treaty.

December 3, 1999, Vice Foreign Minister Wang Guangya met with Russian Ambassador to China, Rogachev, by appointment. Rogachev forwarded Russian Foreign Minister Ivanov's verbal message to Foreign Minister Tang Jiaxuan on the question of Iraq.

December 4, 1999, Foreign Minister Tang Jiaxuan answered Russian Foreign Minister Ivanov's letter on the question of Iraq, stating that China and Russia holding similar stands on that question.

December 9-10, 1999, Russian President Yeltsin paid a visit to China and held the second informal summit with President Jiang Zemin. President Jiang held talks with President Yeltsin on two separate occasions. Chairman Li Peng and Premier Zhu Rongji met with President Yeltsin respectively. The leaders of the two countries had a wide exchange of views on bilateral relations and international issues of common concern and reached new consensus. The two sides issued a joint statement and joint communique. The foreign ministers of the two countries signed three inter-governmental agreements.

December 9, 1999, Foreign Minister Tang Jiaxuan met with and hosted a banquet for Russian Foreign Minister Ivanov who was accompanying President Yeltsin to China. The two sides had an in-depth exchange of views on international issues of mutual concern.

December 16, 1999, Russian President Yeltsin sent a telegraph to President Jiang Zemin to congratulate China on its resumption of exercise of sovereignty over Macao.

December 19, 1999, Russian Foreign Minister Ivanov sent a telegraph to congratulate China on its resumption of exercise of sovereignty over Macao.

December 20, 1999, Chinese Ambassador to Russia, Wu Tao, held a grand reception to celebrate Macao's return to the motherland. Deputy Prime Minister Klebanov and President Gerashchenko of Russia's Central Bank were present at invitation.

December 20, 1999, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Karasin attended the ceremony celebrating Macao's return to the motherland on behalf of the Russian Government.

December 31, 1999, President Jiang Zemin addressed a letter to Yeltsin, expressing regret over his resignation from the position as Russian president and speaking highly of his historical contribution to the development of China-Russia relations.

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