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UPDATED: 10:34, April 24, 2007
Yeltsin, friend of China
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December 1992: Boris Yeltsin makes a state visit to China. More than 20 documents are signed, among them a mutual promise not to enter into any military or political alliance directed against the other state.

April 1996: Yeltsin visits Beijing. During his visit, the two countries issue a joint communique on the establishment of a strategic cooperation partnership.

November 9-10, 1999: Yeltsin makes his third visit to China as president of Russia. Guests at the formal lunch he attends in Beijing say Yeltsin and President Jiang Zemin not only warmly embrace, but celebrate the event by singing.

November 31, 1999: Yeltsin makes a televised announcement saying he will resign as president on the last day of the 20th century because of his poor health. On the same day, Jiang pens a letter to Yeltsin, expressing regret over his resignation and speaking highly of his contribution to relations between China and Russia.

January 13, 2000: Yeltsin personally bids farewell to Jiang on the hot line. They both express their satisfaction over the mood of friendliness and trust that has flourished through their work, and look forward to the continuing development of bilateral relations between the two countries in the 21st century.

July 16, 2001: President Jiang and his wife attend a tea party hosted by Yeltsin and his wife in Moscow. The two friends talk for some time at the event.

Source: China Daily

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