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BEIJING, March 6 (Itar-Tass) — China hopes to further develop comprehensive strategic partnership with Russia after Vladimir Putin was elected Russian president, Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi told a news conference within the framework of the 5th session of the National People’s Congress on Tuesday.
“China congratulates the Russian nation that achieved great success in building a strong state and national revival,” he said.
Speaking about bilateral relations, he underlined that “China’s government together with Russia’s government will promote relations of comprehensive strategic partnership between the two countries.”
Yang Jiechi first of all called for boosting business cooperation.
“The model of development of Chinese-Russian relations this year can be shown in a formula – “one central moment and five major directions,” the Chinese diplomat said. “The central moment is comprehensive and consecutive implementation of the plans for enhancing Russian-Chinese relations within the upcoming ten years.”
“Five major directions include: first, this year’s successful contacts between the two countries and high-level visits; second, stronger mutual support in political affairs; third, expansion of further mutually advantageous cooperation in the trade, economic, energy, scientific and technological spheres, promotion of regional cooperation and infrastructure development. Fourth, the countries should boost humanitarian contacts, first of all, successfully organize the Year of Russian Tourism in China and fifth, it is necessary to make our international and regional cooperation closer,” he said.
“We are confident that thanks to joint efforts Russia and China will be able to achieve higher results in enhancing bilateral strategic cooperation and partnership,” Yang said.