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Vice Foreign Minister Li Hui Meets with Russian Press Delegation

On October 20, 2008, Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Li Hui met in the Foreign Ministry with a press delegation from Russia.

Li said in recent years, especially with the promotion of the "Year of China" and "Year of Russia”, China-Russia strategic cooperative partnership has shown a sound momentum of development. President Hu Jintao and his Russian counterpart Medvedev have met three times in the year with frequent high-level visits. Both sides have witnessed close economic and trade cooperation, gradually improving trade mix, steadily growing mutual investment and smooth development of cooperation on large projects. The energy negotiation mechanism on the Deputy Prime Minister level has been successfully launched and the trade volume this year is expected to exceed 50 billion US dollars. Both sides have kept close coordination in regional and international affairs and supported each other on major issues of each other’s concern, thus playing an important role in safeguarding world peace and stability.

Li emphasized that the Russian government and people have offered important support and disinterested assistance to China after the devastating earthquake hit southwest China's Sichuan Province on May 12. President Medvedev invited in person 1000 plus children from China’s quake-hit regions to recuperate in Russia, which was well received among the Chinese people. This fully represents the friendly feelings held by Russian people towards Chinese people and the high-level and special China-Russia strategic cooperative partnership, he added.

Li also made positive comments on the active efforts made by the Russian press circle to promote China-Russia friendship for generations and increase mutual understanding between the two peoples. He expressed hope that the Russian journalists will make full use of this visit to have an in-depth understanding of China and provide objective reporting about the country. The Chinese Foreign Ministry will offer necessary support and assistance to deepen bilateral media cooperation, he pledged.

The Russian journalists expressed their admiration for China’s enormous achievements over the past three decades of reform and opening up. They vowed to continue offering objective, positive reporting on China and push the Russian people to gain all-round, in-depth knowledge about China’s development and changes. They also pledged to make relentless efforts to promote China-Russia relations and consolidate their traditional friendship.

The Russian press delegation, which is composed of directors of local Russian media, is visiting China at the invitation of All-China Journalists' Association. Besides Beijing, the delegation will also visit Shanghai, Nanjing and Yangzhou.

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