MOSCOW - Russian President Vladimir Putin and visiting Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao pledged late Monday to further promote the Sino-Russian strategic partnership of cooperation.
Russian President Vladimir Putin (R) meets with visiting Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao in Moscow, Russia, on Nov. 5, 2007. [Xinhua]
During the partnership's first decade China and Russia have achieved a thorough settlement of the border issue. Additionally, the two countries have put forward the concept of "friendship for generations" with the signing of the Sino-Russian Good-Neighborly Treaty of Friendship and Cooperation, said Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao during talks with President Putin at the Kremlin Palace late Monday.
Mutual trust and mutually beneficial cooperation between the two sides have also been deepened over the past 10 years, said Wen, adding that the successful events of "the Year of Russia" in China and "the Year of China" in Russia have helped the Sino-Russian friendship take firm root in the hearts of both peoples.
Expressing his satisfaction with the rapid development of the partnership, the Chinese premier said its sound and stable growth is a guarantee of the development of both countries and a great contribution to world peace and stability.
He said that China will make continued efforts with Russia to maintain friendship for generations, deepen political mutual trust and offer firm support to each other on key issues to consolidate the political basis of the strategic cooperation.
The two sides will also promote cooperation in areas of trade and economy, energy, investment, science and technology, and will improve the trade structure, increase the proportion of electromechanical products to strengthen the substantive basis of bilateral strategic cooperation, said Wen.
He said the two countries need to facilitate coordination to combat the "three evil forces" of terrorism, separatism and extremism, and make concerted efforts to safeguard regional peace and stability to solidify the security basis of their cooperation.