On May 6, 2011, Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi held talks with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in Moscow.
Yang said Chinese President Hu Jintao would visit Russia later this year and celebrate the 10th anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of Good-Neighborliness and Friendly Cooperation between China and Russia. Yang said the purpose of his current visit is to make preparations for the event. He said over the next ten years, China and Russia would not only face important opportunities for their national renewal, but also for further development of their bilateral ties. He said the presidents of the two nations have already agreed to step up bilateral cooperation and enhance coordination on regional and international issues. China is ready to work with Russia to work out new plans for the next ten years based on the achievements made in the development of bilateral ties over the past decade and push for steady and stable development of China-Russia strategic cooperative partnership. Yang said China is also willing to cooperate with Russia and other SCO members and make use of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) Summit in Astana to summarize the ten-year experience of the organization and make strategic planning for its development in the next decade.
Lavrov said this year is of special significance to the two countries. Russia is ready to take the opportunity of the 10th anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of Good-Neighborliness and Friendly Cooperation to push forward bilateral strategic cooperative partnership between Russia and China, which serves the interests of both sides. He said Russia values its cooperation with China within the SCO, adding that it would like to work with China to make planning for the organization's future development.
During their meeting, the two foreign ministers also exchanged views on the situations in West Asia and North Africa, as well as other major regional and international issues.
Following the talks, both sides jointly met the press.