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China, Russia vow to promote strategic partnership
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08:08, October 29, 2008

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China and Russia issued a joint communique here Tuesday, pledging further efforts to strengthen their strategic coordination and deepen cooperation in various fields.

The communique was signed by visiting Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin at the 13th regular prime ministers' talks between the two countries.

During the visit, Wen also held separate talks with Russian President Dmitry Medvedev and Speaker of the Russian Federation Council Sergei Mironov, and attended the third China-Russia Economic and Trade Summit Forum.

During his meeting with Medvedev, Wen and the Russian president had an in-depth exchange of views on the two countries' strategic coordination and cooperation, as well as major regional and international issues.

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev (R) meets with visiting Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao in Moscow, capital of Russia, Oct. 28, 2008.

The two leaders said that the Sino-Russian strategic partnership of cooperation has witnessed rapid growth in recent years, with enhanced mutual trust and support and broadened cooperation in key areas.

The two sides agreed that it is important and urgent for China and Russia to comprehensively strengthen bilateral relations in the current complicated international situation.

In line with the spirits and principle of the treaty of good-neighborliness and friendly cooperation, China and Russia will implement all agreements and consensus reached by the two sides, promote mutual political trust, facilitate pragmatic cooperation and deepen strategic coordination, so as to benefit the two countries and peoples and make greater contributions to world peace and stability.

Wen and Putin expressed satisfaction with the progress of the two countries' cooperation in the fields of economy and trade, energy, and cultural exchanges.

They spoke highly of the work of the committee on the regular prime ministers' talks, the committee on cultural cooperation, and the mechanism of energy negotiations.

The two premiers also confirmed the minutes of the 12th meeting of the committee on the regular prime ministers' talks and the 9thmeeting of the committee on cultural cooperation.

They noted that the prime ministers' regular talks have played a significant role in boosting pragmatic bilateral cooperation in various fields, saying both countries are willing to continue to better the mechanism and improve its efficiency.

The two sides will make all events of the "national theme year" of China and Russia approved by the two heads of state a regular occurrence, implement the plan for the year of Russian language in2009 in China, and make preparations for the year of Chinese language in 2010 in Russia.

During the 13th prime ministers' regular talks, the two countries signed a number of documents, including several agreements on cooperation in such fields as energy, banking and high technology.

Wen arrived here Monday for a three-day official visit to Russia aimed at strengthening China's strategic partnership with the country.

Russia is the first leg of Wen's two-nation tour, which will also take him to Kazakhstan.

Source: Xinhua

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