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Putin is an old friend of the Chinese People, President Hu
Chinese president meets Russian PM on bilateral cooperation,
President Hu Jintao met Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin
Wednesday in Beijing to exchange views on the development of
the strategic relations of cooperation and partnership between
China and Russia.
Hu welcomed Putin's visit, calling the Russian prime minister "an
old friend of the Chinese people."
Hu categorized the 16th regular meeting between the two countries'
prime ministers that Putin co-chaired with Premier Wen Jiabao
on Tuesday as pragmatic and productive.
"I believe your visit will further promote the development
of the China-Russia comprehensive strategic partnership of cooperation," Hu
Hu urged deepening mutual political and strategic trust and
expanding communication and cooperation at the moment of the
10th anniversary of the signing of China- Russia Treaty of Good-Neighborliness,
Friendship and Cooperation.
Echoing Hu's views, Putin said the Sino-Russia relations developed
Putin hailed the rapid growth of bilateral relations, noting
that Hu's visit to Russia in June injected new momentum for the
two nations to foster ties.
Putin told Hu that he reviewed the current cooperation between
the two countries in various fields with Premier Wen during the
regular meeting on Tuesday, and the two sides also proposed plans
for future cooperation.
"Prior to the regular meeting, business representatives
from our two nations had signed a series of cooperative agreements
with a value of over seven billion U.S. dollars," Putin
Hu said China and Russia had eliminated the negative influence
of the global financial crisis with both sides' joint efforts
and called for extending the scale of cooperation and investment
between China and Russia.
He also urged greater cooperation in energy, economy, and trade
in order to have bilateral trade reach 100 billion U.S. dollars
Putin confirmed the significant progress of the economy and
trade cooperation between the two countries. He said Russia is
willing to boost strategic cooperation in energy technology,
aviation, and space exploration with China.
Putin also extended greetings from Russian President Dmitry
Medvedev to Hu.
State Councilor Dai Bingguo, Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi, and
Minister of Commerce Chen Deming also were present at the meeting.
As Wen's guest, Putin arrived in Beijing on Tuesday for a two-day
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