Chinese, Russian leaders laud friendship treaty, pledge new efforts

09:37, June 17, 2011      

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Visiting Chinese President Hu Jintao (L) shakes hands with his Russian counterpart Dmitry Medvedev after they signed a joint statement on international situation and major international issues in Moscow, capital of Russia, June 16, 2011. (Xinhua/Zhang Duo)

Chinese and Russian leaders on Thursday lauded a 10-year-old friendship treaty between their countries and pledged fresh efforts to further develop bilateral relations.

Chinese President Hu Jintao and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev issued a joint statement on the occasion of the 10th anniversary of the signing of the China-Russia Treaty of Good-Neighborliness, Friendship and Cooperation, noting that the two countries have seen all-round rapid development of bilateral relations in the past decade.

Cooperation in various fields has reached an unprecedented level since the signing of the treaty, said the statement.

Over the past decade, the two countries have seen frequent high-level exchanges and remarkable enhancement of political mutual trust, the statement said.

Both countries have set as their foreign policy priority the promotion of bilateral ties. They have seen the final settlement of border issues and as a result, the China-Russia border has become a link for peace and all-round cooperation between the two countries, said the statement.

Pragmatic cooperation in economics and trade, investment, finance, energy and science and technology has seen rapid development, it said.

It noted that the social foundation of China-Russia relations has been consolidated remarkably. Activities such as the "China Year in Russia" and "Russia Year in China" and "Chinese Language Year in Russia" and "Russian Language Year in China" have made significant contributions to the development of bilateral humanistic exchanges and the promotion of mutual understanding and friendship between the two peoples.

The signing and implementation of the friendship treaty have international significance, setting a successful example of constructive relations of harmonious co-existence, equality and trust, mutual benefit and win-win between two big nations, the statement said.

Strategic collaboration between China and Russia based on the treaty has become an important factor in international affairs, which is conducive to the establishment of a new just and rational international order as well as the multipolarization of the world and the democratization of international relations, the statement said.

The sustained development of China-Russia ties is in the fundamental interests of the two countries, has brought real benefits to the two peoples and promoted regional and world peace, security and stability, the statement said.
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