The Chinese and Russian parliaments decided to keep a long-term
mechanism for a cooperative commission between the two parliaments,
said a press release on Wednesday.
China's National People's Congress (NPC) and the Russian State
Duma (lower house of parliament) agreed to take the mechanism as a
platform for implementing consensus of leaders of both countries
and giving more and better advices for the healthy and steady
development of bilateral relations for the next ten years, said the
release issued by the NPC.
The NPC and the Russian State Duma held the second meeting of
their cooperative commission from Monday to Tuesday in Beijing,
co-chaired by NPC Standing Committee Chairman Wu Bangguo and
Russian State Duma Chairman Boris Gryzlov.
Chinese President Hu Jintao and top advisor Jia Qinglin met with
Gryzlov respectively on Tuesday.
The inter-parliamentary meeting was a great success, said the
release, describing it as having broad topics, rich contents and
constructive and practical discussion.
The two sides agreed to strengthen exchanges on lawmaking,
consummate legal basis for bilateral relations and give full play
to roles of various special committees of both parliaments, and
touched on bilateral relations, parliamentary exchanges, mutual
investment, local-level cooperation, environmental protection and
The Russian side stressed that the Russian government and State
Duma have a firm and consistent position on the Taiwan issue, that
there is only one China in the world and the People's Republic of
China is the sole legal government that represents the whole China,
and Taiwan and Tibet are inalienable parts of Chinese
Some 20 members of both sides attended the meeting, and the two
sides agreed to hold the third meeting next year in Russia.
Invited by Wu, Gryzlov arrived in Beijing on Monday. He left for
Xi'an, capital of Shaanxi Province in northwest China, on Wednesday
for a visit there.
(Xinhua News Agency May 17, 2007)