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China, Russia to further promote strategic partnership
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China is ready to continue cooperation with Russia in 2009, said Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi on Monday during a telephone conversation with his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov.

Yang said the Sino-Russia strategic partnership has reaped fruitful achievements in 2008, the growth of Sino-Russia ties has benefited the two peoples, and contributed significantly to maintaining world peace and stability.

In 2009 when the two countries mark the 60th anniversary of their diplomatic ties and the Year of the Russian Language is held in China, China is ready to avail itself of the opportunity to further enhance high-level visits with Russia and bilateral exchange and coordination on major issues, Yang said.

Yang pledged further efforts to enhance friendship and mutual trust between the two countries, strengthen cooperation and promote the Sino-Russia strategic partnership.

On his part, Lavrov praised the development of Sino-Russia relations, adding that Russia is willing to work closely with China and make a success the important activities scheduled by the two countries for 2009, and make continued efforts to push forward the strategic and practical cooperation with China.

Both sides also exchanged views on issues of common concern, including the current situation in South Asia.

(Xinhua News Agency December 30, 2008)

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