Premier Wen's visits to Russia, Tajikistan boost trust, cooperation, development: Chinese FM

07:59, November 26, 2010      

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Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao (C, front) attends the prime ministers' meeting of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO), in Dushanbe, Tajikistan, Nov. 25, 2010. (Xinhua/Ju Peng)

Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao's visits to Russia and Tajikistan helped enhance mutual trust, deepen cooperation and promote development, said Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi late Thursday.

From Monday to Thursday, Wen paid official visits to Russia and Tajikistan. He also attended the 15th regular meeting between Chinese and Russian prime ministers in Russia and the ninth Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) prime ministers' meeting in Tajikistan.

Yang described the visits as a major diplomatic action of China in the Eurasia region when the world situation is undergoing complex changes.

Wen's visits were aimed at strengthening solidarity and mutual trust, deepening mutually beneficial cooperation, and boosting common development, which are shared desires of all member countries of the SCO, he said.

During Wen's visits, China signed a total of 50 bilateral and multilateral documents with the related parties.

Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao (R) shakes hands with Russian President Dmitry Medvedev during their meeting in Moscow, capital of Russia, Nov. 24, 2010. (Xinhua/Ju Peng)


China and Russia are each other's largest neighbors and important strategic coordination partners, Yang said.

In recent years, mutual political and strategic trust between the two countries have deepened further, and cooperation in various fields has scored remarkable achievements, he said.

Next year, the two countries would mark the 10th anniversary of the signing of the China-Russia treaty of good neighborliness, friendship and cooperation, which will be a new historic opportunity for the Sino-Russian ties, he said.

In Russia, Wen met with Russian President Dmitry Medvedev and held talks with Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin. The leaders exchanged views sincerely on the Sino-Russian ties as well as the strategic issues and reached consensus.

Wen spoke highly of the Sino-Russian ties, noting that the China-Russia strategic partnership of coordination has seen unprecedented development as a result of joint efforts, which enhanced the confidence and determination of the two countries to join hands to cope with various challenges and safeguard common interests.

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.

Wen said that China and Russia have the responsibility, capacity and the confidence in safeguarding their common interests and promoting world peace.

Wen also put forward proposals on strengthening pragmatic cooperation between China and Russia.

The Chinese leader 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.

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.

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.

Russian leaders said that Russia attaches great importance to the Russia-China strategic partnership of coordination and is encouraged by fruitful achievements in the development of the relations between the two countries.

They said that the Russia-China strategic partnership of coordination plays an important role in safeguarding regional and world peace, stability and development.

They noted that 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.

They hoped that the two countries will join hands and further push ahead mutually beneficial cooperation and friendly exchanges.


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