The vice premiers of China and Russia on Tuesday exchanged views
on bilateral relations and agreed to increase Sino-Russian
cooperation in various fields.
Vice Premier Wu Yi and the Russian Deputy Prime Minister
Alexander Zhukov had an in-depth exchange of views on issues of
common concern at the 10th meeting of the committee for regular
meeting of prime minister of the two countries held in
In the first nine months of this year, China and Russia
witnessed a bilateral trade volume of US$24.6 billion, up 19
percent. The Sino-Russian trade volume for the whole year is
expected to set a new record, Wu said.
China and Russia also witnessed great progress in cooperation in
energy, investment, the high-tech sector, transport and
environmental protection. Cooperation in these fields has helped
push for friendship between the two peoples and brought concrete
profits, said Wu.
During their meeting, the vice premiers agreed that next year
the two nations would further expand cooperation in trade,
investment, energy, aerospace and biological technology, in an
effort to promote bilateral relations and to safeguard the peace
and stability of the region and the world.
Agreeing with Wu's views on bilateral relations, Zhukov said
bilateral trade between Russia and China had doubled since the two
countries signed the Good-Neighborly Treaty of Friendship and
Cooperation five years ago.
The two nations had increased their cooperation in the past
year, and witnessed more than 200 activities of the Year of Russia,
Zhukov expressed his appreciation for China's active support for
Russia's bid to join the World Trade Organization (WTO).
The two countries should make more efforts to enhance
cooperation in trade, investment, energy, science, technology,
communication, banks, transport, aerospace, environmental
protection in order to push for the development of relations,
(Xinhua News Agency November 8, 2006)