China, Russia chant friendship, pledge closer cooperation

 

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang (left) holds a welcoming ceremony for his Russian counterpart

Dmitry Medvedev before they co-chair the 18th regular meeting between the Chinese and

Russian heads of government in Beijing on October 22, 2013.   Photo by Ma Zhancheng

 

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang (right) shakes hands with his Russian counterpart Dmitry

Medvedev during a welcoming ceremony for Medvedev before they co-chair the 18th

regular meeting between the Chinese and Russian heads of government in Beijing

on October 22, 2013.   Photo by Liu Jiansheng

 

 

 

Russian PM arrives in

Beijing for China visit

 

By Liu Hua

 

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev arrived in Beijing early on Tuesday of October 22 for an official visit to China at the invitation of Chinese Premier Li Keqiang.

During Medvedev’s stay in Beijing, he and Li will co-chair the 18th regular prime ministers’ meeting between China and Russia. The regular meeting mechanism, launched in 1996, is an important platform to outline cooperation between the two countries.

On Tuesday, Medvedev will also meet with Chinese President Xi Jinping and top legislator Zhang Dejiang, respectively.

After the meeting with Li, Medvedev is scheduled for an online talk with Chinese netizens via Xinhuanet.com, an online news provider of Xinhua News Agency.

Apart from Beijing, Medvedev will also visit east China’s Anhui Province.

 


 

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang (2nd from right) and his Russian counterpart Dmitry Medvedev

(2nd from left) co-chair the 18th regular meeting between the Chinese and Russian heads of

government in Beijing on October 22, 2013.   Photo by Liu Jiansheng

 

 

Chinese premier, Russian PM

co-chair regular meeting

 

By Bai Jie

 

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang and Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev on Tuesday  of October 22 co-chaired the 18th regular meeting between the Chinese and Russian heads of government here to boost bilateral cooperation.

Li and Medvedev will witness the signing of an array of documents and meet the press together.

The regular meeting, launched in December 1996, has become an important platform to outline cooperation between the two countries.

This is the first meeting between the Chinese premier and the Russian prime minister since China’s new government took office in March.

Medvedev arrived in Beijing early Tuesday for a two-day official visit to China. During his stay in Beijing, he will meet with Chinese President Xi Jinping and other leaders.

He will also visit the headquarters of Xinhua News Agency to have an online chat with Chinese netizens.

Apart from Beijing, he will visit east China’s Anhui Province.

 

 

 

 

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang (right) and his Russian counterpart Dmitry Medvedev attend

a ceremony of signing China-Russia cooperation documents in Beijing on October 22, 2013.

Photo by Liu Jiansheng

 

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang (right) and his Russian counterpart Dmitry Medvedev attend

a ceremony of signing China-Russia cooperation documents in Beijing on October 22, 2013.

Photo by Ma Zhancheng

 

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang (right) shakes hands with his Russian counterpart Dmitry

Medvedev after attending the ceremony of signing a joint communique of the 18th regular

meeting between Chinese and Russian heads of government in Beijing on October 22, 2013.

Photo by Ma Zhancheng

 

 

 

China, Russia chant friendship,

pledge closer cooperation

 

By Liu Hua

 

“We should let the Chinese youth know that China-Russia friendship is not ancient history,” Chinese Premier Li Keqiang said on Tuesday of October 22 as he and his Russian counterpart Dmitry Medvedev met reporters in Beijing.

Li suggested Medvedev tell some Chinese university students a story about how China and Russia joined hands to battle devastating flooding on the Heilongjiang River, known in Russia as the Amur, which hit eastern Russia and northeastern China this summer.

“I will,” said the smiling Russian prime minister.

Medvedev, who arrived in Beijing early Tuesday for an official visit, is scheduled to visit east China’s Anhui Province, Li’s home province, and deliver a speech in front of a group of university students there on Wednesday.

In the face of the floods, Li and Medvedev spoke twice on the telephone in August, and the Russian side used its two upstream reservoirs to reduce flooding.

“Russia helped China and showed Russia’s friendship with China,” said the Chinese premier on Tuesday.

“Surely I will tell the students about our cooperation on this matter when I visit your hometown,” Medvedev said, adding that he will also tell the students of the cooperation between the disaster-relief agencies of the two countries.

“It shows our strategic cooperation as well as our friendship,” said the prime minister.

The light-hearted conversation came after the 18th regular meeting between Chinese and Russian heads of government held at the Great Hall of the People. The regular meeting, launched in 1996, is an important platform for cooperations.

“We reached many new consensus on practical cooperation, especially on large-scale projects,” Li told the reporters.

The two agreed to boost bilateral trade and encourage enterprises from both sides to invest in each other. They will also expand the use of local currencies and facilitate trade and investment. There will be cooperation on aeronautics, astronautics, nuclear energy, high technology, agriculture and infrastructure construction.

Energy cooperation is one of the key topics.

“Energy cooperation between China and a third party will not affect the cooperation between China and Russia,” Li told the reporters, adding that the China-Russia energy cooperation is of long-term strategic significance.

Li and Medvedev pledged to carry out a batch of large-scale projects involving crude oil, gas, and construction of refineries.

They also witnessed the signing of an array of cooperation documents, including some business deals.

“We both think that business cooperation plays an irreplaceable role with even more potentials,” said the Chinese premier.

Li said that with concerted efforts from both sides, China and Russia can tap the cooperation potential through innovative means and expand bilateral trade and mutual investment in the coming years.

The Chinese premier is confident that the two countries will fulfill the 100 billion U.S. dollar trade target in 2015.

One hundred billion dollars is not the maximum, Medvedev said later on Tuesday during an online chat with Chinese netizens on Xinhuanet.com, the official website of Xinhua News Agency.

“We can even reach 150 billion, 200 billion dollars or more,” said the Prime Minister.

With bilateral trade reaching a record high of 88 billion U.S. dollars in 2012, the two countries have pledged to further raise the volume to 100 billion dollars by 2015 and 200 billion dollars by 2020.

“Although the talks were focused on economic cooperation, they are not all about money,” Li said. He and Medvedev agreed that people-to-people exchanges are of critical significance to enhance mutual understanding and friendship.

During the meeting, the two sides approved an inventory of activities of the China-Russia Youth Year of Friendship Exchanges.

In March, during Chinese President Xi Jinping’s state visit to Russia, Xi and Russian President Vladimir Putin agreed to hold the China-Russia Youth Year of Friendship Exchanges in 2014 and 2015.

China and Russia will send 10,000 students to each other as part of the activities, according to Chinese Vice Premier Liu Yandong.

Since 2006, the two countries have held reciprocal events, including the Year of Russia in China in 2006, the Year of China in Russia in 2007, language years in 2009 and 2010, followed by tourism years.

According to a joint communique after the Li-Medvedev meeting, the two side also pledged to boost cooperation on movies, mass media, literature, medical care and sports meetings.

Tuesday’s talks also involved China and Russia’s roles on the world stage.

“Sharing same or similar stance on major issues concerning the entire interests of the international community, China and Russia will continue strengthening coordination on foreign policies,” said the joint communique, adding that the two countries hold that international issues, including the Syria crisis, the nuclear issue on the Korean Peninsula and the Iranian nuclear issue, should be resolved through peaceful means and political dialogue.

In the joint communique, China and Russia said the outcomes established by the UN Charter and international law should not be challenged, urging “the countries concerned” to be committed to an atmosphere of mutual trust, friendship and cooperation.

“China and Russian are good neighbors and strategic partners, both in name and in essence,” said President Xi as he met with the visiting Russian prime minister later on Tuesday.

The two countries should stick to the ideal of good-neighborly friendship and mutual support and step up experience sharing on state governance in pursuit of common prosperity and the welfare of the people of the two countries, Xi said.

 

 

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang (right) and his Russian counterpart Dmitry Medvedev

attend a joint press conference in Beijing on October 22, 2013.   Photo by Liu Jiansheng

 

 

 

Chinese premier:

China-Russia heads

of government

meeting successful

 

Tan Jingjing

 

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang said in Beijing on Tuesday of October 22 that his meeting with Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev was a complete success, adding that a number of new consensuses on boosting bilateral strategic cooperation were reached.

Addressing a press briefing together with Medvedev after their first meeting, Li said they had reached a new important agreement on boosting bilateral pragmatic cooperation and, in particular, cooperation on large projects.

Li and Medvedev co-chaired the 18th regular meeting between the Chinese and Russian heads of government on Tuesday morning. This is the first meeting between the Chinese premier and the Russian prime minister since China’s new government took office in March.

Li said they had witnessed the signing of 21 bilateral cooperation agreements.

As China and Russia are two permanent members of the United Nations Security Council, two major emerging economies, and large neighboring countries, their cooperation is of vital importance to both countries and to Asia and Europe as well as to the world, Li said.

Stronger China-Russia cooperation under complicated international circumstances and within international and regional mechanisms helps to promote world economic recovery, and particularly helps emerging economies counter new possible threats and challenges, said the Chinese premier.

Medvedev said both sides agreed to cement cooperation in high-tech and innovation areas, strengthen mutual investment and explore new ways for stronger cooperation.

Calling energy a flagship field for bilateral cooperation, Medvedev expressed his hope that bilateral cooperation documents signed Tuesday could be implemented, and other projects under discussion, such as gas projects, could reach agreements at an early date.

He spoke highly of bilateral cooperation in areas such as aviation manufacturing, nuclear power and power generation.

The regular meeting, first launched in December 1996, has become an important platform to outline China-Russia cooperation.

 

 

 

China, Russia pledge

to boost “practical”

economic cooperation

 

By Liu Hua

 

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang and his Russian counterpart Dmitry Medvedev met in Beijing on Tuesday and pledged to further boost practical economic cooperation between the two countries.

“(We) reached many new consensuses on further advancing practical cooperation, especially on large-scale projects,” Li told reporters after the 18th regular meeting between the Chinese and Russian heads of government held at the downtown Great Hall of the People.

The regular meeting mechanism, launched in 1996, is an important platform to outline cooperation between the two countries.

Energy cooperation is one of the major topics Li and Medvedev discussed on Tuesday.

“Energy cooperation between China and a third party will not affect the cooperation between China and Russia,” Li said, adding that the China-Russia energy cooperation is of long-term strategic significance.

During Tuesday’s meeting, the two heads of government also witnessed the signing of an array of cooperation documents, including some business deals.

“We both think that business cooperation plays an irreplaceable role and there is even more immense potential for it,” said the Chinese premier.

Li said that with concerted efforts from both sides, China and Russia can tap the cooperation potential through innovative means and expand bilateral trade and mutual investment in the coming years.

The Chinese premier said he is confident that the two countries will fulfill the 100 billion U.S. dollar trade target in 2015.

Medvedev told reporters that the two heads of government agreed to innovate means of economic cooperation and step up mutual investment between the two countries.

 

 

 

Chinese premier 

emphasizes

cultural exchanges

with Russian PM

 

By Liu Dongkai

 

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang emphasized on Tuesday that cultural and people-to-people exchanges play a critical role in enhancing understanding and friendship between the people of China and Russia.

Li made the comment at a press briefing after holding a heads of government meeting with the Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev in the Great Hall of the People.

“We will focus on holding exchange activities between the youth of the two countries over the next two years,” said Li.

Li said the two sides agreed to open up the future of the China-Russia friendship on the basis of achievements made in the past.

Medvedev said cultural and people-to-people exchanges between the two countries have become increasingly diversified, adding that the two sides have jointly held such activities as China-Russia country year, language year and tourism year in the past. The two sides will hold activities of youth exchange year over the next two years.

“Russia seems to never have held so many colorful cultural activities with any other foreign partner”, he said.

“I strongly believe that various activities of the youth exchange year will be very successful,” Medvedev said.

 

 

 

 

China-Russia friendship

not “past history”: premier

 

By Liu Hua

 

The friendship between China and Russia is not “past history,” Chinese Premier Li Keqiang said in Beijing on Tuesday.

Li made the remarks as he and his Russian counterpart, Dmitry Medvedev, met the press after they co-chaired the 18th regular meeting between the Chinese and Russian heads of government.

Li told the reporters a story about how China and Russia joined hands to battle devastating flooding on the Heilongjiang River, known in Russia as the Amur, which hit eastern Russia and northeastern China this summer.

Li and Medvedev held two telephone conversations in August on cooperation in the face of the floods.

“I’m sincerely grateful for the Russian side, which used its two upstream reservoirs to cut the flood peaks and scale down the floods,” said the Chinese premier.

Medvedev, who arrived in Beijing early Tuesday for an official visit, is scheduled to visit east China’s Anhui Province, Li’s home province, and deliver a speech in front of a group of university students on Wednesday.

“I suggested (during the meeting) that Prime Minister Medvedev tell that story as he meets the Chinese students tomorrow,” Li said.

“(Russia’s work to cut the flood peaks) helped China and showed Russia’s friendship with China,” said the Chinese premier.

“(We) should let the Chinese youth know that (the friendship) is not past history,” he added.

“I will,” said the smiling Russian prime minister.

“I am sure to tell the students about our cooperation on this matter as I visit your hometown,” Medvedev said, adding that he will also inform the students of the cooperation between the disaster-relief agencies of the two countries as well as the content of the phone conversations.

“It shows our strategic cooperation as well as our friendship,” said the prime minister.

 

 

 

 

 

Chinese top legislator

meets with Russian PM

 

By Zhang Yi

 

Chinese top legislator Zhang Dejiang met with Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev on Tuesday of October 22 and they agreed to strengthen legislative ties between the two countries.

Zhang, chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress(NPC), said during the meeting that the state leaders of China and Russia reached an important consensus in March on enhancing the bilateral comprehensive strategic cooperative partnership and decided the direction for the two sides’ cooperation.

“I held talks with the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation recently and confirmed the development of bilateral ties as the pivot of the two countries’ legislative cooperation. Increasing communication on legislative experience and creating a better legal environment are determined as the key areas for cooperation,” Zhang said, adding that he believed that the pragmatic cooperation between the two sides will help greatly in maintaining high-level China-Russia relations.

Medvedev said bilateral ties between the two countries have made great progress.

Russia is committed itself to further developing bilateral ties and underscores the important role of communication between the two legislative bodies, he said.

Medvedev also voiced hope to strengthen communication between the two countries and promote their strategic cooperation.

 

 

 

China, Russia to

implement strategic 

projects in science,

technology

 

By Hou Lijun

 

Chinese Vice Premier Wang Yang on Tuesday of October 22 proposed China and Russia to deepen cooperation in science and technology and carry out strategic cooperative projects, such as the heavy helicopter, wide-body jet and nuclear energy.

Wang made the remarks when addressing the opening ceremony of the 8th China-Russia Business Summit Forum in Beijing.

Wang said 2013 is a pivotal and fruitful year for China-Russia relations, featuring high-level political relations, steady development of bilateral trade, effective investment cooperation, successful energy cooperation and increasingly improved cooperative mechanism.

China and Russia are a pair of good friends sharing weal and woe, and good partners of mutual benefit and common development, he said.

The deeper bilateral pragmatic cooperation goes, the stronger China-Russia comprehensive strategic and cooperative partnership will be, he added.

To expand China-Russia pragmatic cooperation, the vice premier suggested the two sides to optimize their trade structure, expand the items of import and export goods, and create new growth areas, such as high-tech products and agricultural products.

He said the two sides should promote mutual investment, improve investment environment, explore new ways for investment cooperation, and encourage enterprises of both sides to conduct cooperation in the forms of mutual equity participation, merger and acquisition, and bond issuance.

He also encouraged the two countries to expand local cooperation, and push forward the construction of transportation infrastructure, such as transboundary oil and gas pipelines, road and bridge, optical communication cables, and transmission grids.

Russian Deputy Prime Minster Dmitry Rogozin also attend the opening ceremony of the forum.

 

 

 

China, Russia to launch

youth exchange program

 

By Liu Dongkai

 

China and Russia will each send 10,000 students to visit the each other’s country as part of China-Russia Youth Friendly Exchanges Year, Chinese Vice Premier Liu Yandong said on Tuesday.

Liu told reporters on the sidelines of the China-Russia heads of government meeting held in the Great Hall of the People, “We will launch a youth exchange program that involves 100 schools and 10,000 students from each country.

“We will earnestly plan and prepare for the opening ceremony of the youth year to be held in Russia next spring,” she said.

Liu said both countries have already set up an organization committee for youth year events. The two sides have drafted a list of activities and presented it at the heads of government meeting for approval, Liu said.

“We will earnestly implement all the consensus reached at the meeting and seize the opportunity of the youth year to increase friendly cooperation, cultivate friendship and advance the China-Russia comprehensive strategic cooperative partnership in a sustained and healthy way,” Liu said.

During Chinese President Xi Jinping’s state visit to Russia in March, Xi and Russian President Vladimir Putin reached a consensus to hold the China-Russia Youth Year of Friendship Exchanges in 2014 to 2015.

Liu named a number of areas for increasing cultural and people-to-people exchanges between China and Russia, including education, culture, public health, sports, tourism and media.

She said the two countries will encourage one million students of both sides to engage in online interactions. China will support the establishment of Russian language centers in Confucius institutes in Russia so as to train Chinese-Russia translation students.

The two sides will strengthen cooperation on the construction of a memorial building marking the convention of the Sixth National Congress of the Communist Party of China in Russia, Liu said. The meeting was held in Moscow in 1928.

She said the two countries will cooperate on the Sochi Winter Olympic Games to be held in Russia in February.

The two countries will also combine tourism with the exchange of students and prepare for the sixth China-Russia Youth Games, Liu said.

She added the two sides will encourage the media to have extensive coverage of the youth year activities, noting the two countries will hold a historical document exhibition in St. Petersburg next year.

 

 

 

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