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China-Russia ties at best point in history

By Li Hui (People's Daily)

13:16, October 12, 2011

Edited and translated by People's Daily Online

Since the mechanism of a regular meeting between the premiers of China and Russia was established in 1996, it has been an important platform for guiding and coordinating practical cooperation in various areas between the two countries and has resulted in abundant achievements.

It also plays an important role in deepening the good-neighborly relationship and mutual-benefit cooperation between the two countries and promoting the sustainable development of the comprehensive strategic partnership between the two countries.

The 16th regular meeting, which is about to be held, will summarize the cooperation achievements made by the two countries in various areas since the 15th regular meeting. Furthermore, the meeting will implement the agreements reached during President Hu Jintao's visit in Russia in June 2011, make plans and arrangements for bilateral cooperation during the next stage, and promote practical cooperation in the areas of economy, trade, culture and others.

The year 2011 is the 10th year after the China-Russia Treaty of Friendship and Cooperation was signed, and it is also the 15th year after the China-Russia strategic partnership was established. In 2011, the strategic partnership was also upgraded into a comprehensive strategic partnership of equality, mutual trust, mutual support, common prosperity and long-term friendly relations. With the efforts of both sides, the current China-Russia relations are developing comprehensively, healthily, stably and rapidly and in the best stage of the history.

The exchange visits of senior officials between China and Russia are frequent, and the mutual political trust keeps strengthening. The high standards, perfect organizational structure and wide realms of the senior regular meetings and other exchange and communication mechanisms of various levels between China and Russia are unique in all of China's diplomatic relations and are also rarely seen in diplomatic relations between other big countries. Their effective operations provide stable guarantees of mechanism and organization for the health development of the China-Russia relations.

China and Russia are steadily expanding their pragmatic cooperation, and their large-scale cooperation projects in the key areas of energy, science and military technology are all well underway. The structure of China-Russia trade has gradually improved as their cooperation in investments and manufacturing is still gaining momentum, and the frontier and inter-regional cooperation is becoming a new growth engine for their bilateral trade. The trade volume between China and Russia reached nearly 60 billion U.S. dollars in 2010, which exceeded the pre-crisis level of 2008 and was more than six times that of 2000. Their bilateral trade volume amounted to nearly 35.9 billion U.S. dollars in the first half of 2011, up nearly 40 percent from a year earlier. Without any doubt, China has become Russia's largest trading partner.

The cultural cooperation and civil exchanges between China and Russia keep developing vigorously. China has successfully held the Year of Russia and Year of Russian Language, and Russia has held successfully held Year of China and Year of Chinese Language too. The cultural exchanges in various areas and at various levels between the two countries keep developing widely and deeply. The mutual understanding and friendship between the people of the two countries have further deepened, the concept of "being good neighbors for generations" has been widely accepted, and the social and public opinion foundation of the China-Russia relations has become much more solid.

The strategic cooperation between China and Russia has become closer. The two countries have joined forces to cope with new changes in the global situation, always cooperate with each other closely in the international stage and support each other firmly regarding the issues of core interests, such as the sovereign, security and development issues. The fundamental interests of both countries have been effectively safeguarded by the cooperation and the strategic mutual trust between the two countries keeps deepening.

The sound development of China-Russia relations has not only greatly promoted the common prosperity of the two countries and improved the well-being of the Chinese and Russian people but also boosted the multi-polarization of the world and the democratization of international relations as well as helped ensure a relatively peaceful, prosperous and harmonious world. They have set a good example for other major powers in developing relations with each other.

Regardless of changes in the international situation, China will adhere to the diplomatic principle of consolidating and developing its long-lasting friendship and comprehensive strategic cooperative partnership with Russia on the basis of equality, mutual trust and support and common prosperity. Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin will soon visit China and attend the 16th regular meeting between the two countries' prime ministers, which will greatly promote their bilateral cooperation in various fields and further boost the comprehensive strategic cooperative partnership between the two countries.

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