BEIJING, May 23 (Xinhua) -- China and Russia on
Friday called on all parties to refrain from military and extreme actions
"China and Russia propose the Iranian nuclear issue
be resolved through dialogue and equal consultation," said a joint statement
signed by Chinese President Hu Jintao and visiting Russian President Dmitry
Medvedev on Friday.
The seven-page statement, which came out of the two
leaders' two-hour talks in the Great Hall of the People, outlined their common
ground on major international issues.
"All parties should consider global and regional
security, make diplomatic efforts, refrain from military and extreme means,
cautiously resort to sanctions and take into account the interests of the
country involved," the statement said.
It said the same rules also apply to other urgent
international issues concerning Iraq, reconstruction in Afghanistan, the Middle
East, Kosovo and Darfur.
While hailing the progress of the six-party talks on
the Korean Peninsula nuclear issue, China and Russia appealed to all parties to
stick to dialogue and peaceful settlement.
"All countries should work toward the same direction
and show flexibility in a bid to realize the de-nuclearization of the Korean
peninsula and the normalization of diplomatic ties among countries," the
China and Russia also pledged in the statement to
make positive efforts for the lasting peace and security of northeast Asia.
Medvedev, who arrived in Beijing on Friday afternoon,
was the first head of state to visit China following an 8.0-magnitude earthquake
that struck Sichuan Province on May 12.
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