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UPDATED: 15:59, October 13, 2004
Putin forwards expectation for cooperation: interview
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Photo:In his message for commemoration, Putin forwarded his hope that the younger generations treasure Russia-China friendship, after interview with Chinese media, Oct. 11.
In his message for commemoration, Putin forwarded his hope that the younger generations treasure Russia-China friendship, after interview with Chinese media, Oct. 11.
Vladimir Putin, President of Russian Federation, had an interview by People's Daily Online at the Kremlin Palace on October 11, during which he expounded his ideas on developing Russia-China friendly cooperation and expressed his feelings of closeness towards the Chinese people.

Following is the interview:

People's Daily: On the occasion of the 55th anniversary of the diplomatic relations between Russia and China, what are the inspirations when you sum up the development process of the bilateral ties? How do you foresee the prospect of Sino-Russian strategic cooperative partnership.

Putin: The year of 2004 is, not only the 55th anniversary of the bilateral relations, but also the 55th birthday of the People's Republic of China. So I'd like to send my best wishes to the great and friendly Chinese people for such a grand festivity. Best wishes to all the Chinese people and all their families!

We are glad to see that China has made a series of achievements over the recent years, especially that in economic development, which attracted worldwide attention. Russia attaches high importance to developing Russia-China ties. In recent years, the relations between the two countries have made significant breakthrough as we eliminated the past differences. Now the two countries can discuss any issue with frankness and sincerity. We both settle various kinds of problems proceeding from goodwill and seek solutions acceptable to both sides.

We extremely treasure the level of the development of the bilateral ties for which the old-generation leaders laid a good foundation. The new-generation leaders, including President Hu Jintao and me, are determined to consolidate such a foundation, and meanwhile build a modern, fine and comfortable mansion of cooperation. Cooperations between the two countries have been going well in all fields. During my visit this time, I will discuss with Chinese leaders on political, economic, cultural cooperation and various other issues.

People's Daily: What does Russia propose for deepening the good-neighborliness and friendly cooperation with China? What do you expect from your visit this time?

Putin: Economic cooperation is an important aspect. The two countries should expand the trade volume as well as improve the structure of the economic collaboration. The permanent working group for investment cooperation formed by the two governments will play an important role. In addition, the take-up of the high-tech products in trade should be raised. We have accumulated experience in this respect. The present task is to accelerate the development.

There will be several leaders of the border regions in the delegation to China this time. I believe that they will make out concrete solutions with their Chinese counterparts. The first class power will actively offer its support. Russia is confident in a good prospect for Russia-China regional cooperation and will promote the development of the overall national relations.

People's Daily: This year is the year of friendship for Chinese and Russian youth. Mr. Putin, how do you see the significance of expanding exchanges between young people?

Putin: The youth delegations of the two countries will meet again in Beijing during my visit. I hope the friendly exchanges between the young people can be substantiated through these activities, and more young people make friends. I hope Russian and Chinese young people to show more interest in the cultures of the two countries and devote themselves to developing the bilateral ties. The young will join hands to make their economies and cultures more competitive in the world. In the increasingly heated competition in this field, we two neighbors should seize all the favorable elements and seek development together. Russia-China economic ties will first exist in high-tech in the future. We hope that young people to promote cooperation in such a prioritized field.

People's Daily: Russia has suffered consecutive terrorist attacks recently. The Chinese people are much concerned and sincerely hope that our friend can conquer the evil at an early date. Would you please introduce Russia's stance in its anti-terrorist campaign?

Putin: First we thank the Chinese people and leaders for their support and compassion at such a hard time. We know that Chinese people are doing this with true feelings, which is more treasurable.

The root of terrorism is the social, economic and political inequality, a hotbed in which extremism finally transforms into terrorism. In order to crack down on the evil forces more effectively, various countries should take joint actions and learn to speak the same language. Double standard must be stopped and the outworn cold-war thinking must be discarded. The judgment that the activities of a certain organization in different places in the world are either terrorist attacks or struggles for independence and national liberation campaigns is not acceptable. The standard of terrorists is not their slogan but what means they take. As known to all, terrorists resort to violence and threaten innocent civilians.

Russia and China are keeping the cooperation in various international organizations, especially within the framework of the United Nations (UN) in a bid for such principles mentioned above to be established. We two sides also join hands in fighting against terrorism within the framework of Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO), in which there is a special agency. Plus, anti-terror is also a part of the bilateral cooperation between Russia and China.

People's Daily: Is it possible for SCO to have a role in international affairs in a broader sense?

Putin: In recent years, SCO has experienced great changes. The member countries not only coordinated in politics and anti-terrorist efforts, but also started to help each other in economic development. Many countries have shown their interest in participating in SCO activities, which fully indicates SCO's enhancing status and greater influence in international affairs. I believe, SCO will play an active role in international affairs in a broader sense.

People's Daily: Mr. President, we wish your visit to China a success. Would you please say something to our readers?

Putin: Russian people have very close feelings towards Chinese people. Over centuries, our country has always been longing to know China and its history. In recent years, new feelings have been added to such a traditional interest. Chinese people realized magnificent plans in a short time and this again proved that you are industrious and genius people. We harbor great admiration towards the Chinese people. Here I want to give my best wishes to every Chinese family, wish you a happy life and every thing going well.

Profile: Russian President Vladimir Putin
Born in Russia's second largest city of Leningrad, currently named St. Petersburg, on Oct. 7, 1952, Putin graduated from the Law Department of the Leningrad State University in 1975 and was commissioned to work for the former Soviet Union's State Security Committee (KGB).

In 1984, he was sent to the KGB Red Banner Academy and Foreign Intelligence School, and in 1985 he was posted to the former German Democratic Republic, where he served until 1990.

In 1990, Putin worked as an assistant to the rector of the Leningrad State University and then became advisor to the then Chairman of the Leningrad City Council Anatoly Sobchak. After Sobchak was elected mayor of St. Petersburg on June 12, 1991, Putin was appointed chairman of the Mayor's Office Committee for International Relations.

In 1994, he became first deputy mayor of St. Petersburg's city government.

On March 26, 1997, he was appointed as a deputy chief in Boris Yeltsin's office and head of the president's Main Audit Directorate.

In May 1998, Putin became the first deputy head of the presidential office in charge of regional policies. On July 25, 1998, Yeltsin decreed Putin's appointment as director of the Federal Security Service (FSB), the successor to the KGB.

In March 1999, while still heading the FSB, Putin was appointed secretary of the State Security Council. In August 1999, Yeltsin dismissed Sergey Stepashin, his fourth prime minister in 16 months, and replaced him with Putin. Upon Yeltsin's resignation on Dec. 31, 1999, Putin became the acting president of Russia.

On March 26, 2000, Putin was elected president and inaugurated two months later. On March 14, 2004, he was reelected as the Russian president and inaugurated on May 7.

He visited China in July 2000 and December 2002 in his capacity as Russian president.

The interview on the third page of People's Daily, October 13, is translated by People's Daily Online

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