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Moscow, Beijing vow to strengthen mutual trust

By Ma Liyao (China Daily)

08:30, October 21, 2011

BEIJING - Visiting Russian Security Council Secretary Nikolai Patrushev on Thursday attended the Sixth Round of China-Russia Strategic Security Talks, where the two sides vowed to further enhance bilateral mutual trust.

State Councilor Dai Bingguo and Patrushev agreed to comprehensively implement the agreement China and Russia reached when President Hu Jintao visited Moscow earlier this year, which marked the 10th anniversary of the Sino-Russian Treaty of Good-Neighborliness and Friendly Cooperation.

The talks came a week after Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin's visit to Beijing and are part of the frequent high-level exchanges between the two countries, whose ties are "at the best point in history", observers said.

Putin's visit resulted in the signing of trade deals worth $7 billion, demonstrating a tangible effort to move beyond energy-based economic ties, according to an article in the World Politics Review.

During his visit, Putin, who is very likely to win next year's presidential election, also suggested a greater focus on China for the Kremlin's foreign policy, which highlighted the continuing trend toward greater cooperation, the article said.

Putin on Monday called China a "reliable partner" in an interview with Russian TV channels, adding that China is not a threat to Russia.

On Wednesday, the two militaries held their 14th round of consultation in Beijing and expressed their desire to further coordinate their activities and exchange views on global and regional security issues.

Patrushev also met Minister of Public Security Meng Jianzhu on Wednesday. They agreed to increase personnel exchanges, strengthen security cooperation on large-scale events and promote professional law-enforcement training.

Regular high-level exchanges have taken place between China and Russia since the two established a comprehensive strategic partnership in 1996.

The partnership has reached the current high point as the two nations have few differences on any major issues, said Jiang Yi, a Russia expert with the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences.

"China and Russia have few problems now, and the main thing they need to focus on is how to implement cooperation plans," Jiang said.

He Mengying and Xinhua contributed to this story.


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Nic at 2011-10-23175.138.64.*
This is a good start. USA is trying to build a defence shield with NATO to try to contain Russia and China. These two countries span half of the globe and share long borders. They should stand together to deal with such threat from the West.Both countries are BRICS countries meaning they have deep pockets. They also have technologies necessary for higher forms of development. With good foresight and deeper trust between the two countries I believe the sky is the limit for them.I trust Mr. Putin. I hope he leads his country to work well with China and buid a formidable partnership with China to be able to counter all threats that may arise from USA-NATO alliance.Good Luck.
Canada at 2011-10-2270.36.49.*
For the love of God, keep writing these artclies.
ari at 2011-10-21175.137.234.*
I endorse wholeheartedly, an alliance of Russia and China. That should serve notice to the arrogant and hypocritical U.S. and to a lesser degree, the EU. Such an alliance should balance the opposing forces and bring it to a global equilibrium. Lee Kuan Yew did not get it right when he asked the U.S. to "balance" China which only ended up Washington trying to checkmate Beijing as it does with Moscow and any other country not ideologically, quaintly speaking, under America"s ultimate control. Ganbei! Mr Putin.

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