Chinese, Russian presidents meet for deepening strategic partnership (3)

08:04, June 17, 2011      

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Visiting Chinese President Hu Jintao (L) and his Russian counterpart Dmitry Medvedev attend a joint press conference in Moscow, capital of Russia, June 16, 2011. (Xinhua/Zhang Duo)

The Chinese leader meanwhile said the two countries can enhance cooperation in education, health, sports, media and tourism to continuously consolidate the social basis of bilateral relations.

Medvedev, for his part, said the Russian side is fully satisfied with the development of bilateral relations over the past decade.

He specifically hailed the rapid development in economic and trade cooperation between Russia and China, ever-enhancing exchanges between the governments and legislative bodies, as well as the two sides' coordinating efforts in regional and international affairs.

Medvedev said the two sides should continue to diversify bilateral trade and increase the proportion of hi-tech products in their trade, further promote the use of their own currencies as currencies of settlement, and step up collaboration in the areas of finance, energy, aviation, space, customs and region-to-region cooperation.

He welcomed more Chinese companies to set up businesses in Russia.

Medvedev said Russia and China are to stage the "Year of Tourism" activities in a bid to deepen cultural exchanges and cement the friendship between the peoples.

After the talks, the two presidents signed a joint statement on the current international situation and on major international issues. They also witnessed the signing of a number of cooperative documents between the two countries.

Hu and Medvedev also attended a concert marking the 10th anniversary of the signing of the China-Russia Treaty of Good-Neighborliness, Friendship and Cooperation.

Hu arrived in Moscow Wednesday for a state visit. He will later travel to St. Petersburg to attend the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum.


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