Wu Bangguo Meets with Russian Prime Minister Putin
On the morning of October 12, 2011, Chairman Wu Bangguo of the NPC Standing Committee met with Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin at the Great Hall of the People.
Wu said he was glad to meet Prime Minister Putin again. Wu said Putin, as an old friend of the Chinese people, has always viewed bilateral relations from a strategic height and long-term perspective and has given personal care to and greatly promoted development of bilateral relations. Wu spoke highly of Putin's efforts in pushing forward Sino-Russian relations. Currently, Sino-Russian relationship is at its best in history. This year, the two sides have taken the opportunity of celebrating the 10th anniversary of the signing the Sino-Russian Good-Neighborly Treaty of Friendship and Cooperation and actively implemented the development plan worked out by the two heads of state on cooperation in various fields over the next 10 years. China-Russia relations have shown a more active momentum of development. Wu said unswervingly developing Sino-Russian relations is China's strategic choice. China always deems Russia its most important and primary strategic partner no matter what happens in the international situation and both sides' domestic conditions, Wu said.
After speaking highly of the China-Russia Parliamentary Cooperation Committee, Wu said the committee promoted the cooperation between the two countries' legislative bodies and injected new content and vigor to the comprehensive strategic cooperative partnership. Wu said China's National People's Congress (NPC) is willing to make joint efforts with Russia's Federation Council and State Duma to consolidate and improve the regular exchange mechanism and actively carry out friendly exchanges and pragmatic cooperation at all levels and in various areas so as to make even greater contributions to development of state relations.
Putin said the relations between the two countries are not only of great significance to the two countries, but also a key factor of influencing the current state of the world. Frequent exchanges between the leaders of the two countries and mutually beneficial cooperation in their respective competitive areas embody the two countries' strategic cooperation and are beneficial for the development of both sides. Putin said developing relations with China is a top priority of Russia's foreign policy and that all political parties and the public of Russia share consensus on this. This policy will never change, he added. Russia supports the legislative bodies of both countries to carry out closer exchanges and cooperation.