Chinese VP meets Putin, stresses friendship, cooperation

13:30, March 24, 2010      

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Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping (R) meets with Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin in Moscow, capital of Russia, March 23, 2010. (Xinhua/Rao Aimin)

Visiting Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping reiterated China's wish for closer cooperation with Russia during his meetings with Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, State Duma speaker Boris Gryzlov and leaders of the ruling United Russia party Tuesday.

The Sino-Russian relations have always been a priority of China's foreign policy. To boost a sound and stable development of the Sino-Russian strategic cooperative partnership has been an established guideline of the Communist Party of China (CPC) and the Chinese government, Xi said.

China stands ready to step up mutual support on issues concerning both sides' core and strategic interests, exploit complementary advantages, jointly promote a multi-polar world and the democratization of international relations and elevate bilateral ties to a new stage, he said.

Xi expressed the hope that the two countries will further coordination on economic development, deepen energy cooperation and improve the quality and level of economic and trade cooperation.

He called for further implementation of the consensus on interregional cooperation reached by the two countries' leaders, and increased people-to-people exchanges against the backdrop of the "Year of the Chinese Language" in Russia this year.

As for inter-party cooperation, Xi, who is also a member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the Central Committee of the CPC, said cooperation between the CPC and Russia's ruling United Russia party has been enriched continuously since they forged ties 11 years ago.

Xi expected the two parties to make use of high-level dialogue and exchange governing experience and views on major issues on bilateral cooperation.

Putin said the Russian government and the United Russia party highly value their relations with China and the CPC.

He spoke highly of the "Year of the Russian Language" in China and the "Year of the Chinese Language" in Russia, adding that the inter-party exchanges served as an important platform for deepening the Russia-China strategic cooperative partnership.

Russia is willing to intensify strategic coordination with China and push forward bilateral relations, Putin said.

Following the meeting, Xi attended the signing ceremony for a series of documents on bilateral cooperation on economy, technology, and people-to-people exchanges. The total value of the signed business agreements is worth about 6.7 billion U.S. dollars.

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