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Chinese, Russian presidents meet in Cannes

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08:38, November 04, 2011

Chinese President Hu Jintao (R) shakes hands with Russian President Dmitry Medvedev in Cannes, France, Nov. 3, 2011.(Xinhua/Zhang Duo)

CANNES, France, Nov. 3 (Xinhua) -- Chinese President Hu Jintao met with Russian President Dmitry Medvedev Thursday to discuss additional development of the China-Russia strategic cooperative partnership and exchange views on major issues of common concern.

The two leaders met on the sidelines of a summit of the Group of 20 (G-20), which convened on Thursday and Friday to address problems affecting the world economic recovery and stability of the global financial markets.

The China-Russia strategic cooperative partnership has seen unprecedented development since the two countries signed the China-Russia Treaty of Good-Neighborliness, Friendship and Cooperation in 2001.

In June, President Hu paid a state visit to Russia, during which he and Medvedev agreed to develop a comprehensive strategic cooperative partnership and lasting friendship in the new decade.

They also agreed to increase bilateral trade to 100 billion U.S. dollars by 2015 and 200 billion dollars in 2020, among cooperation in other areas.

During Thursday's meeting, Hu told Medvedev that China and Russia have made important headway in jointly promoting development of their relations so far this year, taking celebration of the 10th anniversary of signing of the China-Russia Treaty of Good-Neighborliness, Friendship and Cooperation as a favorable chance.

Hu stressed that the next 10 years will be a period of important strategic opportunities for vigorous national development in both China and Russia, and also for the development of China-Russia relations.

The efforts of the two countries to deepen their all-round cooperation and strengthen mutual support will be of very great significance to safeguarding the national sovereignty, security and development interests of both nations, and to promoting comparison of international forces toward the direction of better balance, Hu said.

The Chinese president noted that China is willing to work together with Russia in strengthening mutual political support and deepening mutually beneficial cooperation and strategic cooperation between the two countries in an all-round way on the basis of the tenet and principle of the China-Russia Treaty of Good-Neighborliness, Friendship and Cooperation, in promoting sustainable, healthy and stable development of China-Russia comprehensive strategic partnership.

Meanwhile, Medvedev said that currently, Russia-China ties are in a period of favorable development, with mutual political trust between the two countries obviously enhanced, and with bilateral strategic cooperative partnership promoted to a higher level.

The heads of state of the two countries frequently meet to coordinate positions and to set new goals for the development of bilateral relations, he said.

So far this year, both Russia and China have solemnly celebrated the 10th anniversary of the signing of the China-Russia Treaty of Good-Neighborliness, Friendship and Cooperation, which signifies the high-level of the two countries' cooperation.p Practical cooperation between Russia and China has kept strengthening in all fields while bilateral trade has been in favorable trend of development, with the trade volume growing rapidly, Medvedev said, adding that the goals for trade promotion set by both sides expected to be reached.


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