Premier Zhu Rongji Meets With Russian President

Chinese Premier Zhu Rongji and Russian President Vladimir Putin started talks focused on ways and measures to strengthen bilateral cooperation in all fields in the Kremlin at noon on Tuesday.

The two leaders are expected to exchange views on regional and international issues of common interest.

Last Saturday, Premier Zhu and his Russian counterpart, Mikhail Kasyanov, held a successful 6th Sino-Russian prime ministerial regular meeting in Russia's second largest city of St. Petersburg. They reached a broad consensus on expanding bilateral cooperation in the aspects of politics, trade, economy, science, technology and humanities.

Both sides signed a joint declaration and six other important documents on bilateral cooperation at the meeting, which meant that trade and economic cooperation between China and Russia has passed its "running-in stage" and entered a fast track.

People's Daily Online ---