China, Russia seek stronger strategic ties
* Source: Xinhua
* [08:37 May 19 2010]
China and Russia Tuesday pledged to work together to take their strategic partnership of coordination to a new high.
"It serves the strategic interests and common aspiration of both countries to elevate the China-Russia strategic partnership of coordination," Chinese President Hu Jintao told the visiting Russian State Duma Chairman Boris Gryzlov Tuesday.
Gryzlov is leading a delegation to Beijing for the fourth meeting of the cooperative committee between China's National People's Congress (NPC) and Russian State Duma.
Hu visited Moscow ten days ago to attend the celebrations marking the 65th anniversary of the victory of the Great Patriotic War over Nazi Germany.Recalling the visit to Moscow, Hu said he was impressed by the commemorative events.
Gryzlov appreciated Hu's attendance at the commemoration, stressing Russia and China share the same view of the war.
While reviewing the bilateral relationship this year, Hu highlighted close contacts between leaders, strong, substantive cooperation, and frequent people-to-people exchanges.
Hu said the complicated and capricious international situation posed important opportunities and challenges for China and Russia.
"China would like to work with Russia to boost the sound and fast growth of bilateral relationship," Hu said.
On legislative front, Hu called for the legislative bodies of China and Russia to play out their advantages and contribute to the overall bilateral relationship.
Earlier Tuesday, Wu Bangguo, chairman of the NPC Standing Committee, held talks with Gryzlov at the Great Hall of the People.
The talks were part of the fourth meeting of the cooperative committee between China's NPC and the Russian State Duma, an exchange mechanism established in June 2005.
Wu and Gryzlov spoke highly of the exchange mechanism between the two legislative bodies, saying it provided an important platform for the two countries to deepen strategic coordination, promote legislative exchanges and boost substantive cooperation.
To inject a momentum to the mechanism, Wu proposed the two sides stick to the primary goal of deepening strategic trust, support each other on issues concerning their core interests and work together on major international and regional issues.
Wu called for more experience sharing on legislation and state governance, so as to provide a more solid legal foundation for bilateral cooperation.
Wu and Gryzlov agreed to boost substantive cooperation, particularly those in big projects, economy and trade and region-to-region cooperation.
Wu said the two countries should take "Year of Chinese Language in Russia" as an opportunity to promote the communication between the peoples, particularly the youth.
Also on Tuesday, the cooperative committee between China's NPC and Russian State Duma convened to discuss a wide range of issues, including bilateral ties, legislative exchanges, economy, trade, energy, science and technology, environmental protection.
Gryzlov will travel to Nanjing, capital of east China's Jiangsu Province, and tour the World Expo in Shanghai before concluding his visit Thursday.