Roundup: Chinese, Russian premiers hold talks to promote ties

16:59, November 24, 2010      

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Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin held talks here Tuesday to boost bilateral ties in various fields.

China-Russia ties have withstood harsh tests over the past years, Wen told the 15th regular meeting between the two countries' premiers.

The two sides have deepened mutual trust, made remarkable progress in cooperation in trade, energy, finance and cultural fields, and strengthened strategic coordination, said the Chinese premier, who arrived in St. Petersburg on Monday for a three-day official visit to Russia.

He said China would adhere to the road of peaceful development and support Russia in its rejuvenation as a strong nation, adding that the modernization of China and Russia would not harm other nations' interests.

Firm and strong China-Russia ties conform to the fundamental interests of both countries, and are also key guarantee for maintaining international strategic balance and boosting the progress and development of the world, Wen said.

China is willing to conduct close coordination with Russia in major regional and international organizations and mechanisms so as to promote the stability and development of surrounding areas, boost the building of a new international political and economic order that is fair and rational, he said.

The Chinese leader meanwhile said that China and Russia are cooperating pragmatically in an all-around way, and that their cooperation has a bright future.

Besides energy cooperation, the two sides should also expand trade and investment and explore new cooperation fields, he said. China and Russia could carry out joint science and innovation cooperation, boost finance cooperation, regulate trade and travels, reasonably utilize resources, and protect the environment, he added.

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