China, Russia pledge closer cooperation

19:18, 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 has met with Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin. The two leaders agreed to enhance ties between their countries and their ruling parties.

At Tuesday's meeting, Vice-President Xi Jinping first conveyed sincere greetings from Chinese President Hu Jintao and Premier Wen Jiabao to the Russian leader.

He said Sino-Russian relations have always been a priority of China's foreign policy. And boosting a sound development of their partnership is an established guideline of the Chinese government.

Xi Jinping said China stands ready to step up mutual support on issues concerning both sides' core interests, exploit complementary advantages, jointly promote a multi-polar world and elevate bilateral ties to a new stage.

The vice president hopes the two countries will further their coordination on economic development strategies, deepen energy cooperation and improve the quality and level of economic and trade cooperation.

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

He called for further implementation of major consensus on inter-regional cooperation, and increased people-to-people exchanges against the backdrop of the "Year of Chinese Language" in Russia this year.

Xi Jinping also expects the CPC and the United Russia party to make use of high-level dialogue, as well as exchange governing experience and views on major issues.

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

After the meeting, Xi Jinping attended a document signing ceremony. The total value of the signed business agreements is worth about 6.7 billion US dollars.

Both leaders then attended the opening ceremony of the "Year of Chinese Language"in the Kremlin.

The "Year of Chinese Language" in Russia followed last year's "Year of Russian Language" in China.

A series of activities are scheduled for the Chinese language year, including seminars, education exhibitions, contests, movie weeks and other cultural festivals.

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