Last updated at: (Beijing Time) Wednesday, December 12, 2001
Jiang Zemin Meets Gennady Seleznev
The efforts made by China and Russia to continue strengthening their mutual beneficial, cooperative relations are in keeping with the fundamental interests of the two people and conducive to establishing a new international order, Chinese President Jiang Zemin said Tuesday at a meeting with Gennady Seleznev, speaker of the State Duma of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation. Jiang emphasized the four major things in developing bilateral relations. Both Sides agreed to work harder.
Under the current complicated and changeable international situation, it is especially necessary for the two countries to increase consultations and cooperation in all fields, Jiang said at the meeting with Gennady Seleznev.
Four Major Things Done in Developing Bi-Relations
In developing bilateral relations, China and Russia have done four major things this year, Jiang summarized.
Good-Neighborly Treaty of Friendship & Cooperation
The first thing is the two sides signed a good-neighborly treaty of friendship and cooperation, which lays a legal foundation for the long-term stable development of China-Russia relations.
Agreements on Large-scale Cooperative Projects
The second is the two sides signed agreements on a number of large-scale cooperative projects that put bilateral trade and economic cooperation on a fast track.
Establishment of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization
The third is the two side worked together to promote the establishment of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, which helps in the development of a new form of regional cooperation.
Strategic Collaboration on Other Issues
The fourth is the two sides have enhanced strategic collaboration in anti-terrorism, anti-ballistic missile and other major international issues. Jiang recalled his visit to Russia in July this year and said the Chinese are true friends of the Russian people and are always concerned about the development of Russia.
Noting that inter-parliament exchanges play an important role in the development of bilateral relations, Jiang said the National People's Congress (NPC) of China has approved the Sino-Russian good-neighborly treaty of friendship and cooperation.
The signing of the treaty is of great significance for further development of bilateral relations, he added.
2001, A Year of Historical Importance: Seleznev
Seleznev said he had successful talks with Chairman Li Peng of the NPC Standing Committee on Monday, during which the two sides agreed that 2001, which has seen frequent exchanges between both governments and parliaments, is a year of historical importance for the development of bilateral relations.
He said the State Duma of Russia will approve the Sino-Russian good-neighborly treaty of friendship and cooperation by the end of this year. He also congratulated China on its becoming a full member of the World Trade Organization Tuesday.
Review of Sino-Russia Relations
Establishment of Diplomatic Relations
October 2, 1949 (At that time between the PRC and the USSR. After the Soviet Union was disintegrated, China and Russia signed on December 27, 1991 a summery of talks, by which the question of succession of the relations between China and Russia was solved.)
Hi-Level Exchanges in 2000
July 17-19, Russian President Vladimir Putin paid a state visit to China. The two heads of state signed together the Beijing Declaration of the People's Republic of China and the Russian Federation, and the Joint Statement of the President of the People's Republic of China and the President of the Russian Federation on the Issue of Anti Ballistic Missiles. Seven inter-government and inter-department agreements were also signed.
September 6, President Jiang Zemin met with Russian President Vladimir Putin in New York.
September 11-19, NPC Standing Committee Chairman Li Peng, accompanied by his wife Zhu Lin, paid an official visit to Russia.
September 11, 2001, Chinese Premier Zhu Rongji met with Russian President Putin in Moscow during his official visit to Russia.
Economic, Trade Cooperation
According to the Statistics of the General Administration of Customs of China, the total trade volume between China and Russia in 2000 is US$8.003 billion, increasing by 39.9% over 1999. Of the total volume, Chinese export is US$2.233 billion, increasing by 49.2% over 1999 and Chinese import US$5.77 billion, increasing by 36.6% over 1999.
Important Documents in 2000
Beijing Declaration of the People's Republic of China and the Russian Federation (July 18, 2000)
Joint Statement of the President of the People's Republic of China and the President of the Russian Federation on the Issue of Anti Ballistic Missiles (July 18, 2000)