MOSCOW - Chinese President Hu Jintao and his Russian counterpart Dimitry Medvedev Wednesday attended a celebration to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the establishment of bilateral diplomatic relations.
The two leaders reviewed the development of bilateral ties during the past 60 years and spoke highly of the great achievements made since the establishment of the China-Russia strategic partnership of cooperation in 1996.
Chinese President Hu Jintao delivers a speech during the celebration for the 60th anniversary of the establishment of the diplomatic relations between China and Russia, in Moscow, capital of Russia, June 17, 2009. [Xinhua]
They expressed the hope that people from all walks of life will maintain the friendship for generations and deepen the strategic cooperation so as to a create brilliant prospect for bilateral relations.
In a speech to the audience in the world famous Bolishoi Theatre of Russia, Hu extended congratulations and best wishes to the Russian people.
The China-Russia relationship has gone through an extraordinary course of development during the past 60 years, which also saw increasingly mature bilateral political relations, Hu said.
Leaders of the two countries, proceeding from a long-term perspective, decided to establish the China-Russia strategic partnership of cooperation in April 1996. The China-Russia strategic partnership of cooperation has evolved into a mature, stable and sound relationship and bilateral political mutual trust has reached a new high, Hu said.
The last 60 years have witnessed abundant achievements of practical cooperation between China and Russia, deeper friendship between the two peoples, and enhanced bilateral cooperation on international affairs, he said.
The past experience has indicated that only with mutual trust and sincerity can the bilateral political relations be deepened; only through mutual respect, equality and mutual benefit can the parties benefit most from the cooperation and realize common prosperity, Hu said.
"Only through mutual understanding and support can both sides support each other on issues of core interests and effectively safeguard their own interests; only by seeking common ground while reserving differences can both parties ensure their long-term relations developing in a sound and steady manner, " Hu said.
Hu said the world is undergoing major changes and restructuring. China and Russia, which are permanent members of the United Nations Security Council, are facing the top task of domestic development and also shoulder the historic mission of promoting world peace and development.
Under the new circumstances, the China-Russia relations have been at a new historical starting point, facing a new opportunity of development, Hu said.
"We will make joint efforts to set an objective for the long-term development of the Sino-Russian relations and push for a sound and rapid development of the bilateral ties," Hu said.