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|Wednesday, September 12, 2001, updated at 02:29(GMT+8)|
Chinese, Russian FMs Hail Regular Meeting Between PremiersChinese Foreign Minister Tang Jiaxuan and his Russian counterpart, Igor Ivanov, held talks Tuesday in Moscow, speaking highly on the outcome of the 6th regular meeting between the premiers of the two countries held in St. Petersburg Saturday.
Tang, who is accompanying Chinese Premier Zhu Rongji on a five- day official visit to Russia, told Ivanov that all the seven important documents on bilateral ties signed at the regular meeting reflect the spirit and principles of the China-Russia Good- Neighborly Treaty of Friendship and Cooperation inked by the heads of the two countries in July this year.
A salient feature of the regular meeting is to make sure that the Chinese-Russian strategic partnership of cooperation is strengthened by improving their trade and economic cooperation. The two countries will mobilize their relevant institutions to effectively carry out the agreements reached between the top leaders of the two countries, Tang said.
Ivanov fully appreciated Tang's viewpoints, saying the Russian side is very satisfied with the results of the 6th regular meeting of the two premiers.
Fulfilling the treaty signed by the heads of state of the two nations through Premier Zhu's visit will bring the two countries' people more boons, he said.
The foreign ministries of the two countries should strengthen their coordination to implement the documents signed by the two countries' leaders, he emphasized.
Tang and Ivanov also held an in-depth exchange of views on international and regional issues of common concern and reached a broad consensus. Ivanov stressed that the 1972 Anti-Ballistic Missile (ABM) treaty is the cornerstone of international security and strategic stability and Russia will adhere to its stand on preserving the vital treaty.
Tang said, in his turn, that keeping the ABM treaty is of great importance for global strategic stability and all countries' security interests. The Chinese side is ready to continue coordination and cooperation with Russia.
They agreed that China and Russia, as permanent members of the Security Council of the United Nations, bear great responsibilities for defending world peace and security. The two should further expand bilateral cooperation in international affairs in order to maintain global peace and security as well as to boost the common prosperity and development of all countries.
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