Roundup: Chinese, Russian premiers hold talks to promote ties (2)

16:59, November 24, 2010      

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China is willing to actively participate in the construction of Russia's infrastructure and special economic zones, and work with the Russian side to boost sustainable development of both economies and their bilateral trade and economic ties, Wen said.

Both sides should also further expand people-to-people and cultural exchanges and consolidate public support for bilateral ties, Wen said. China will help the Russian youth learn the Chinese language and understand the Chinese culture, and more Russian students are welcome to study in China, he said.

Wen said both China and Russia are permanent members of the UN Security Council and important economies. They have the responsibility, capacity, and confidence to secure their common interests and promote world peace and development, he said.

Next year will mark the 10th anniversary of the signing of the Sino-Russian Treaty of Good-Neighborliness and Friendly Cooperation, Wen said.

Both sides should take the opportunity to lift their partnership to a new level and promote the idea that the two nations should be friends instead of enemies from generation to generation, and should seek common development, Wen said.

Putin, for his part, said the Russia-China strategic partnership of coordination has developed in a comprehensive way over the past year, playing an important role in safeguarding regional and world peace, stability and development.

Despite the impact of exterior circumstances, Russia and China have achieved rich fruits in exchanges and cooperation in economy, science and technology, education and culture, Putin said.

The successful holding of the Chinese Language Year in Russia and the Russian Language Year in China further cemented the social basis for friendship between the two nations, Putin said.

He said Russia is willing to expand cooperation with China in the fields of mechanical and electrical equipment and nuclear power.

He said China's active participation is also welcomed in Russia's privatization and special economic zone building, and his country hopes to strengthen cultural and regional cooperation with China.

Wen and Putin listened to the working reports of the Joint Commission for the Regular Meetings of Heads of Government of China and Russia and the China-Russia commission on cultural cooperation.

They also signed a joint communique on their meeting, witnessed the signing of 12 cooperation agreements on customs, railway, civil aviation and cultural exchanges, and held a joint press conference.

Wen told the press conference that the latest gathering reinforced the political mutual trust between the two sides and significantly pushed forward bilateral cooperation.

The two premiers reached important consensus on bilateral ties and important global affairs, and were confident that the positive results of the meeting would help inject new energy into the comprehensive development of the China-Russia strategic partnership of coordination, Wen said.

Putin, for his part, said the Russia-China trade could return to the pre-crisis level this year. Both countries agreed to expand local currency settlement, and the Chinese yuan will be traded on the Russian foreign exchange market soon.

Russia and China have deepened their cooperation in the fields of banking, investment and energy, said the Russian prime minister.

Later in the day, Wen flew to Moscow to meet with Russian President Dmitry Medvedev.

Economic and trade cooperation between China and Russia has been on the rise.

The latest statistics show that their bilateral trade volume stood at 45.1 billion U.S. dollars from January to October, surging 45 percent compared with the same period in 2009.
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