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UPDATED: 10:10, May 10, 2005
President Hu meets Chirac, Putin in Moscow
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Chinese President Hu Jintao said Monday in Moscow that the increased exchange across the Taiwan Straits is good for maintaining cross-Straits peace and stability.

He made the remarks when meeting with his French counterpart Jacques Chirac. Both of them were here to attend the celebration for the 60th anniversary of victory over Nazi Germany.

Hu briefed Chirac the latest cross-Straits situation, according to a Foreign Ministry spokesman taking part in the meeting.

Lien Chan, chairman of the Kuomintang Party in Taiwan, just concluded his visit to the Chinese mainland at the beginning of this month.

While James Soong, chairman of the People First Party, is now visiting the mainland. Hu is expected to meet Soong Thursday in Beijing.

The two presidents agreed to strengthen strategic partnership between the two countries.

During their talks, the two leaders hailed the smooth development of bilateral relations and agreed to enhance the comprehensive cooperation between the two countries.

Hu said that with joint efforts, the Sino-French cooperation will achieve fruitful results.

Chirac, for his part, expressed satisfaction with the bilateral ties, saying that it is very important for the two countries to keep high-level contacts.

The French president reaffirmed his country's continued efforts to lift EU arms embargo against China.

Chirac said his government adheres to the one-China policy, adding that France's position on the Taiwan issue will remain unchanged.

The French president also briefed Hu about the on-going negotiations between the EU and Iran on the latter's nuclear issue.

The Chinese president said that China supports EU's efforts, hoping the two sides can resolve the issue at an early date. He said the final settlement of the nuclear issue will be conducive to peace and stability in the region.

When talking about the textile issues, Hu said that China attaches great importance to the issue and hope the two sides could solve the problem with equal consultation.

The EU cited serious concerns about the impact of a surge of Chinese exports on the EU textile industry.

On the nuclear negotiation between EU and Iran, Hu said that China supports EU to continue talks with Iran and hopes they could find a long-term solution.

When meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday, the two presidents agreed on Monday to strengthen bilateral relations and reached a comprehensive consensus on major international issues.

In their talks held in the Kremlin, President Putin thanked President Hu for coming to Moscow to take part in the celebration of the 60th anniversary of the victory in the Great Patriotic War against Nazi Germany, saying that the Russian government and its people always remember the history that China and the Soviet Union made a great contribution to the victory over fascism.

Russia always remembers that the Chinese people sustained heavy losses in their struggle against Japanese aggressors, Putin said.

President Hu congratulated Russia on the successful May 9 celebrations held on the Red Square in Moscow, adding that "the Russian people made a great contribution to the world in their struggle against fascism, the Chinese people and the whole world will never forget it."

This year, Hu said, China will mark the 60th anniversary of the victory of China's anti-Japanese war. He said China will never forget the Russian veterans who helped China in fighting Japanese invaders in World War II.

The Chinese president said China is happy to see the steady and mature development of the bilateral relations in all fields. He said in order to strengthen the strategic cooperative partnership, the two sides should enhance strategic coordination so as to safeguard world peace and regional stability.

During the talks, Putin said Russia firmly supports China's unification efforts and the Chinese president expressed appreciation for Russia's one-China policy.

The Russian president expressed satisfaction with the smooth development of bilateral relations, saying that he is looking forward to President Hu's official visit to Russia scheduled for late June this year.

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