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China, Russia Hold the Seventh Round of Strategic Security Consultations

On August 20, 2012, Chinese State Councilor Dai Bingguo held the seventh round of China-Russia strategic security consultations together with Secretary of the Russian Security Council Nikolai Patrushev in Moscow. The two sides exchanged in-depth views on Sino-Russian relations and major international and regional issues of common concern.

During the talks, Dai noted that China and Russia had common interests and aspirations in strategic security, as both countries were making efforts to realize their national rejuvenation and development, which required favorable internal and external environments. Under the current complex and volatile international situation, it was of great significance for the two countries to strengthen their coordination and cooperation on strategic security issues, Dai said. The two countries should also continue to support each other on safeguarding national sovereignty, territorial integrity and security and take the development road according to its national conditions, he said. Dai also called on the two countries to continue to unite in safeguarding the purposes of the UN Charter and the norms of international relations, push forward a multi-polar world and the democratization of international relations, work together to maintain strategic security of the surrounding areas, create peaceful and favorable conditions for the two countries' development and promote tangible bilateral cooperation to provide solid material foundations for the development of China-Russia relations. Guided by the direction of equality and mutual trust, mutual support, common prosperity and friendship for generations set by the heads of state of the two countries, China was willing to jointly endeavor with Russia to persistently boost the development of the China-Russia comprehensive strategic partnership of coordination, in order to benefit the two peoples and promote world peace and stability, Dai said.

Patrushev lauded the stable development of the China-Russia comprehensive strategic partnership of coordination, saying the two countries' tangible cooperation and their strategic coordination had been fruitful. He said the two countries held similar positions on many major issues and there was no obstacle to Russia-China ties. The official also recalled Russian President Vladimir Putin's successful state visit to China in June, saying the new consensus reached by the two countries' leaders showed the way for further development of Russia-China relations. Russia would like to work with China to further promote bilateral cooperation, strengthen communication and coordination on international and regional affairs through the use of the mechanism of strategic security talks, Patrushev said. The two countries should also make the China-Russia comprehensive strategic partnership of coordination better serve each other's development, safeguard regional and international security and stability, and build a more just and reasonable international order, he said.

During the talks, the two sides also exchanged views on Syria, Iran's nuclear issue, Afghanistan, SCO's development, BRICS cooperation, the situation in the Asia-Pacific region and other issues.

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