Senior official says Russia capable of becoming China's biggest energy supplier
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Chinese Vice Premier Li Keqiang (R) shakes hands with Russian Deputy Prime Minister Alexander Zhukov during their meeting in Beijing, capital of China, on March 27, 2009.

Chinese Vice Premier Li Keqiang (R) shakes hands with Russian Deputy Prime Minister Alexander Zhukov during their meeting in Beijing, capital of China, on March 27, 2009. (Xinhua/Huang Jingwen)
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    BEIJING, March 27 (Xinhua) -- "Russia is fully capable of becoming the biggest energy supplier for China in the next 15 years," Russian Deputy Prime Minister Alexander Zhukov said here Friday.

    Zhukov made the remarks while addressing the China-Russia Investment Forum.

    He stressed that the two nations should expand energy cooperation.

    Chinese Vice Premier Li Keqiang also said that the energy was one of the key areas in which the two nations could enhance cooperation.

    Last month, the two nations signed an oil-for-loan deal, under which China offered Russia 25 billion U.S. dollars in long-term loan while Russia pledged to supply 300 million tonnes of oil through pipelines to China from 2011 to 2030.

    The two sides had also agreed on construction of a pipeline from Russia's Skovorodino, in its far-eastern Amur region, to China's northeastern city of Daqing.

    Li called for more China-Russia cooperation in other areas such as equipment manufacturing, infrastructure construction, high-tech and financial insurance and other investment projects.

    Both China and Russia had taken a series of measures to cope with the international financial crisis, which were conducive to further advancing bilateral exchanges and cooperation, Li noted.

    This year marks the 60th anniversary of the establishment of China-Russia diplomatic relations.

    "We hope the two sides stand on a new starting point to lift the bilateral strategic partnership of cooperation to a new level," Li said.

    Zhukov said Russia attached great importance relations with China, adding it was willing to work with China to continue deepening bilateral cooperation in various fields and to tackle the financial crisis.

    Zhukov and Li also attended the signing ceremony of five agreements on forestry and investment cooperation at the forum.

    In 2008, China remained Russia's second largest trading partner after the European Union. Russia is China's ninth largest trade partner, compared to the seventh in 2007, according to the Chinese Ministry of Commerce.

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Editor: Xiong Tong
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