Special report: Hu Jintao Attends Outreach Session of G8
Chinese President Hu Jintao (L) meets
with his Russian counterpart Dmitry Medvedev in Toyako, northern Japan,
July 9, 2008. (Xinhua Photo)
TOYAKO, Japan, July 9 (Xinhua) -- Chinese President Hu Jintao and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev held a meeting here on Wednesday to discuss ways to further their strategic partnership of cooperation.
The two leaders met on the sidelines of the Outreach Session of the Group of Eight (G8) summit.
The Chinese president expressed his gratitude to Medvedev, the Russian government and its people for providing assistance to China in the aftermath of the devastating earthquake in Sichuan province on May 12.
Russia offered sympathies and provided generous assistance to China in the days following the disaster, and Medvedev, during his visit to China later in May, also invited some primary and middle-school students from the quake-hit areas to recover in Russia, Hu recalled.
"All these embody the profound friendship President Medvedev and the Russian people bear towards the Chinese people," he told his Russian counterpart.
A total of 1,000 primary and middle-school students from the disaster regions will head for Russia within the next few days to recuperate there, Hu said.
He also briefed Medvedev on the implementation of the agreements on strengthening bilateral cooperation in various fields, which were reached during the Russian president's visit to China.
The Chinese side has submitted the new draft of the "2009-2012 plan for implementing the China-Russia Good-Neighborly Treaty of Friendship and Cooperation" and will press forward consultations with Russia to reach a consensus on the plan as soon as possible, Hu said.
The two sides have appointed respective deputies for bilateral energy negotiations and have decided to put the negotiation mechanism into the framework of a regular meeting mechanism between the two countries' premiers, he added.
Hu also expressed the hope that authorities of the two countries would step up negotiations to decide on topics such as cross-border infrastructure construction, and enlarging trade and cooperation in the field of electro-mechanical products.
Medvedev praised the China-Russia relationship, saying bilateral ties are currently "on a high level."
The heads of state of the two countries have maintained close communication and dialogue all along, which is of vital significance for the development of bilateral ties, Medvedev said.
He hoped the energy deputies of the two countries would begin negotiations as soon as possible.
Russia also attaches great importance to trade and cooperation in electro-mechanical products and hopes for more fruitful exchanges in this regard, he added.
The two presidents exchanged views on bilateral cooperation in the framework of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization and agreed to actively promote the development of the organization.
Medvedev also wished the Beijing Olympics a great success.