BEIJING, May 5. /TASS/. The cooperation of Russia and China is an important factor of the international situation, Russia’s lower house speaker Sergey Naryshkin told reporters in Beijing on Thursday.
"For Russia the development of strategic partnership with China is a foreign policy priority. According to common assessment [of both sides —TASS] the cooperation of Russia and China is an important and global factor of the international situation," Naryshkin said after talks with Chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress Zhang Dejiang.
The State Duma speaker said at Thursday’s meeting of the inter-parliamentary commission the sides discussed such issues as bilateral cooperation on the international arena, including countering external pressure that is "sometimes aggressive and violating the rules of international law."
Russia-China cooperation at highest level in history of bilateral ties
According to Sergey Naryshkin, the Russian-Chinese relations are at the unprecedentedly high level in history of their development.
"Over the past several years the cooperation between our countries has been consistently developing and it is evident that the level of our cooperation can be assessed as the highest one in the entire history of the Russian-Chinese relations," the State Duma speaker said after talks with Chinese President Xi Jinping and Chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress Zhang Dejiang.
The delegation of Russian lawmakers led by Naryshkin flew to China on Wednesday. On Thursday and Friday, the Russian MPs are due to hold a number of official meetings in Beijing and Shenzhen.
The delegation includes head of State Duma foreign affairs committee Alexei Pushkov, head of committee for economic policy Anatoly Aksakov and head of committee for property issues Sergey Gavrilov who also coordinates the group for ties with China’s parliament.
Xi praises inter-parliamentary ties with Russia
Chinese President Xi Jinping has highly assessed the development of the Russian-Chinese parliamentary ties, Chairman of the Standing Committee of China’s National People’s Congress Zhang Dejiang said on Thursday.
"President Xi has highly assessed and approved the development of friendship between the two countries’ parliaments," Zhang said at a meeting with Russia’s State Duma speaker Sergey Naryshkin.
According to Zhang, the meeting between Naryshkin and Xi shows that the Chinese leader "prioritizes the two countries’ friendship and pays special attention to the visit of the Russian delegation to China."
Naryshkin said he was glad to discuss the Russian-Chinese inter-parliamentary cooperation, which complies with the interests of the two countries and their people.