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Wen talks cooperation with Russia army chief
Updated: 2005-03-19 09:25

Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao and visiting Russian army chief discussed Sino-Russian relationship and the cooperation between the two armed forces in Beijing Friday.

The meeting with Premier Wen was the high note in Russian Chiefof General Staff Yury Baluyevsky's trip to Beijing. It followed talks with senior Chinese military officers on a joint military exercise to be held later this year.

Baluyevsky called the joint military exercise "a new way of cooperation between the two armed forces," which now have a close relationship that was unimaginable just a few years ago.

Both Wen and Baluyevsky agree that China-Russia relations are at the best ever stage as the countries have removed all possible obstacles to the relationship.

Baluyevsky arrived in Beijing Thursday morning for a four-day visit, the first international trip he has taken since his currentpost last July. During his stay in Beijing, he met with his Chinese counterpart, Liang Guanglie, Thursday afternoon to furtherdiscuss details of joint military exercise.

Russia and China have agreed on the make-up of the troop, arms and equipment and military methods involved in the training.

"Russian paratroopers, marines and other forces will take part in the exercise," Baluyevsky said.

The message about China-Russia military exercise first came with a memorandum of understanding between Chinese Vice-chairman of the Central Military Commission Guo Boxiong and Russian DefenseMinister Sergei Ivanov last July.

China and Russia publicized the planned military exercise on December 13, 2004 when Ivanov visited China. Both defense ministers agreed in their talks that the exercise would be "a big event in the relations between the two nations and the two armies"and exert "far-reaching impacts."

Russian and Chinese military leaders are expected to attend this exercise.

Baluyevsky left Beijing for Sanya, a seaside resort in southernHainan Province, Friday afternoon.

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