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Wen Jiabao Meets with Russian President Medvedev

Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao met with Russian President Dmitry Medvedev at the Gorki presidential residence outside Moscow on November 24, 2010, exchanging views on bilateral ties and current major international issues in an in-depth, candid manner.

The China-Russia strategic partnership of coordination has a solid foundation, featuring rich contents, extensive influence and huge potential, Wen said, adding it has become a strategic support for the two countries' respective development and served as an important guarantee for world peace and stability. Developing ties with Russia is a priority of China's foreign policies, he said, adding China is ready to constantly increase mutual political trust and support, deepen pragmatic cooperation and people-to-people and cultural exchanges, and promote the long-term, sound and steady development of its strategic partnership of coordination with Russia by taking the opportunity of the 10th anniversary of the signing of the Sino-Russian Good-Neighborly Treaty of Friendship and Cooperation.

The Chinese premier said China and Russia both have entered their respective key development stages. He said the two countries should seize the opportunities, take a long-term perspective, fully tap their respective advantages and develop innovative models of cooperation. Both sides should expand mutual trade and investment, carry out comprehensive high-tech cooperation, deepen bilateral cooperation in gas and oil, nuclear energy, coal, power and other fields, promote regional cooperation and enhance all-around competitiveness of the two countries. Wen urged both sides to promote their economic development, steadily expand cultural and people-to-people cooperation, enhance youth exchanges and cement the social basis of bilateral ties.

Medvedev, for his part, said the Russia-China strategic partnership of coordination has achieved rapid, sound development. The just wrapped-up 15th regular meeting between Chinese and Russian prime ministers was a success, witnessing the signing of a series of important cooperation documents, he said, adding it has yielded fruitful results and was encouraging. There is huge potential and broad prospect for bilateral cooperation. He hoped both sides will set new goals, focus on expanding high-tech cooperation and actively implement regional cooperation projects already agreed upon, while further developing economic, trade, energy and investment cooperation, so as to push bilateral economic and trade relations to a higher level. Russia is ready to enhance youth and party-to-party exchanges with China to make Russia-China long-standing friendship deeply rooted in the hearts of both peoples.

Speaking of the latest situation on the Korean Peninsula, Wen said China has all along devoted itself to maintaining the peninsula's peace and stability, and opposed military provocations in any forms. Under the current serious and complex circumstances, Wen said, all concerned parties should exert maximum restraint, and the international community should make more efforts conducive to easing up the tensions. Restarting the six-party talks is an essential way to secure stability and denuclearization on the peninsula, he said. China and Russia should continue to make unremitting efforts to this end. Medvedev said Russia backs an early reopening of the talks and is ready to maintain communication and coordinate positions with China within bilateral and multilateral frameworks to keep peace and stability on the Korean peninsula.

Both sides also exchanged views on other major issues.

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