China, Russia vow to deepen ties

September 27th, 2010 - 4:55 pm ICT by IANS  

Beijing, Sep 27 (IANS) Chinese President Hu Jintao and his Russian counterpart Dmitry Medvedev Monday agreed to strengthen their strategic cooperation in international and regional affairs and signed several bilateral pacts.
“China and Russia will maintain international peace and stability and promote the overall recovery, health and stable development of the world economy,” Hu said at a joint press conference with Medvedev here.

The two leaders held talks Monday morning, both speaking highly of the development of China-Russia relations, Xinhua reported.

“It’s China’s unswerving policy to constantly consolidate and enhance its strategic partnership of cooperation with Russia,” Hu said.

Medvedev, who is paying a three-day state visit to China, agreed with Hu’s remarks on bilateral ties, saying Russia regards its relations with China a priority.

Hu also pledged to further cooperation with Russia in energy-saving, environmental protection, and disaster prevention and relief.

He said the two nations should aim to preserve a global strategic balance while promoting the full recovery and sound development of the world’s economy.

The two sides also agreed to expand bilateral exchange in education, health, culture, sports, media and tourism.

Medvedev, vowed to further strategic collaboration with China and strengthen coordination with China on international and regional issues, saying his talks with Hu will “inject new momentum” into the bilateral relationship.

The Russian president said Russia will continue to strategically cooperate with China, to adapt to the evolving international situation.

Russia and China coordinate closely under the frameworks of G20, the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) and as BRIC countries (China, India, Russia and Brazil).

After their talks in Beijing, the two heads of state signed a joint statement to comprehensively deepen their strategic partnership of coordination.

The two sides also inked a deal on fighting terrorism and separatism. They also signed commercial agreements concerning coal, nuclear energy and banking.

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