President Hu Jintao Meets with His Russian Counterpart Medvedev
On March 28, 2012, Chinese President Hu Jintao met with his Russian counterpart Dmitri Medvedev in New Delhi. The two heads of state exchanged in-depth views on bilateral ties as well as major international and regional issues and reached consensus. The two leaders agreed to make joint efforts to lift their all-round strategic cooperative partnership to a new level.
Hu said the two countries last year charted the course and set the goal for the development of the bilateral relationship in the next decade and developed a plan for cooperation in various fields. The move had given fresh impetus to the development of the comprehensive strategic cooperative partnership between the two countries, Hu said. The pragmatic cooperation between the two countries in various fields has been fruitful and promoted the development and prosperity of the two countries.
Hu expressed hope that, in the current complex and ever-changing international situation, China and Russia could take a more active stance to implement major consensus on bilateral cooperation, maintain close high-level contacts and bolster political support for each other. Meanwhile, efforts should be made to secure the smooth operation of various cooperation mechanisms to further advance collaboration on major projects covering such fields as trade, economy, energy, aerospace, high-technology, localities and culture, Hu said. He said the two sides should jointly ensure the success of the Year of Tourism in each country, expand exchanges between their young people and enhance coordination in international affairs.
Medvedev said Russian-Chinese relationship is a truly comprehensive strategic cooperative partnership. Frequent high-level contacts and prompt exchange of views on bilateral ties and other major issues were of high importance in ensuring bilateral relations stayed on the right track. He said Russia was ready to maintain regular exchanges of high-level visits and close communication with China. The "2009-2012 plan for implementing the China-Russia Good-Neighborly Treaty of Friendship and Cooperation" was being well implemented, he said. Last year, two-way trade between the two countries hit a record high, he said, adding that energy cooperation on major oil and nuclear energy projects progressed smoothly. Medvedev said Moscow was confident of meeting the goal of achieving 100 billion U.S. dollars in bilateral trade per year by 2015 and 200 billion dollars by 2020. Russia is willing to work with China to implement the outline of regional cooperation, ensure success of the tourism year activities and deepen mutual understanding and friendship.
On the upcoming Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) summit, to be held in China this summer, Hu said China placed great importance on the meeting, which would be the first gathering since the organization entered its second decade. The meeting was of great significance, he added. Hu said China was ready to work with Russia to yield more results at the summit on charting the course for future development and advancing the pragmatic cooperation among the SCO members.
Medvedev said he believed the summit would be a success and further promote the rapid and sound development of the organization.
The two presidents also exchanged views on the situation on the Korean Peninsula. Hu said China and Russia shared a common stance on maintaining peace and stability on the peninsula. Both sides had stayed in close contact and coordination, and actively made communications with relevant parties. He said the present situation on the peninsula was particularly complex and sensitive. China was ready to continue cooperating with Russia and urged all the relevant parties to remain calm and exercise restraint, Hu said, calling for improved relations through dialogue and contacts to safeguard peace and stability on the peninsula.
Medevdev said Russia shared China's view on the situation on the Korean Peninsula. He urged all the relevant parties to remain calm and exercise restraint, and safeguard peace and stability on the peninsula through dialogue and contacts. He pledged to continue to maintain close communication and coordination with China on the issue.
On the Syrian crisis, Hu said both China and Russia shared the stance that the international community should respect Syria's sovereignty, independence, unity, territorial integrity and its people's choice. China is ready to strengthen communication and coordination with Russia and adhere to the direction of peaceful settlement of the Syrian issue through political dialogue. He said China supported the mediation efforts of the Joint Special Envoy of the UN and the Arab League Kofi Annan and was ready to work with Russia and the international community to play a constructive role in properly resolving the Syrian crisis.
Medevdev said Russia and China have maintained close communication and coordination on the Syria issue and have taken a fair, reasonable and consistent position. Russia was ready to work with China to push for an immediate end to violence, prevent the intense situation from escalating and urged the Syrian government and all other parties to resolve the issue peacefully.
The two presidents agreed to make joint efforts to yield desirable results at the BRICS summit. They also pledged to strengthen pragmatic cooperation and coordination on international affairs among the members and send a signal of unity, confidence and win-win cooperation to the outside world.
Both sides also exchanged views on Iran and other issues.
Ling Jihua, Wang Huning and Dai Bingguo attended the meeting.