Chinese president arrives in Moscow for state visit

Chinese President Hu Jintao said Thursday that his four-day state visit to Russia will contribute to further promoting the development of good-neighborly relations and friendly cooperation between China and Russia.

In a written statement issued upon his arrival in Moscow, Hu said the development of a China-Russia strategic cooperative partnership has maintained a robust momentum in recent years and made satisfactory achievements.

The stable development of Sino-Russian relations and the deepening of friendship between the two peoples from generation to generation serves the fundamental interests of the two nations and are conducive to world peace, stability and prosperity, he said.

"It is China's set policy to fully implement the Sino-Russian Good-Neighborly Treaty of Friendship and Cooperation to push forward the strategic and cooperative ties between the two countries," said the president.

China will work with Russia to deepen mutual political trust, expand mutually beneficial cooperation, and strengthen strategic coordination, so as to further promote bilateral relations, he said.

Hu expressed hope that his current visit will give a new impetus to the development of Sino-Russian relations and bilateral cooperation in all sectors.

During his stay in Moscow, Hu is expected to discuss with his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, the expansion of bilateral cooperation in various sectors. He will also meet leaders of the Russian government and parliament, and visit Novosibirsk, Russia's third largest city after Moscow and St. Petersburg.

The two countries will sign a number of cooperation agreements during Hu's visit.

In recent years, Sino-Russian relations have entered a new stage of development, featuring mutual trust in political matters, economic cooperation and cultural exchanges.

In 2001, the two countries signed the Sino-Russian Good- Neighborly Treaty of Friendship and Cooperation, which serves as the legal foundation of friendly bilateral relations.

Last year, trade between the two countries reached a record high of 21.2 billion US dollars, or a 34.7 percent increase over the previous year. In the first three months of this year, trade volume increased 20.7 percent over the corresponding period of last year.

Source: Xinhua



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