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UPDATED: 07:59, October 15, 2004
China, Russia reiterate mutual support of territory integrity
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China and Russia signed a joint statement on Thursday, reiterating their mutual support on issues related to national unity, sovereignty and territory integrity.

According to the statement, Russia will observe the Sino-Russian Good-Neighborly Treaty of Friendship and Cooperation signed on July 16, 2001 and all past bilateral political documentsto firmly adhere to the one-China stand on issues of Taiwan and Tibet.

The statement stressed that the government of the People's Republic of China is the only legitimate government representing the whole Chinese nation while Taiwan remains an inalienable part of it.

Russia opposes all kinds of attempts leading Taiwan to independence and will not accept "Two Chinas" or "One China, One Taiwan". Russia will neither support Taiwan's bid to join the United Nations or any other international organization as a sovereign country, nor engage in weaponry sale with it, the statement said.

The statement said that Russia also recognizes Tibet as an inseparable part of China.

Meanwhile, China will back Russia to defend its national security and support its efforts in cracking down terrorist and separatist forces in Chechen.

The statement said that a regular consultation system between both countries' high-ranking officials has laid down a fundamentalframework for bilateral cooperation and allow two sides to timely adjust their stand on significant international affairs and to work together to meet challenges of the times.

The two countries also agreed in the statement to start the high-level security consultation system as early as possible and strive to advance bilateral collaboration in politics, economy, science and technology, culture and other areas.

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