BEIJING, June 17 (Xinhuanet) -- Before leaving Moscow to attend the St. Petersburg International Economic forum, Chinese President Hu Jintao met with Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin for talks on boosting bilateral ties and deepening cooperation in various sectors.
During their meeting on Thursday, Hu Jintao said China highly values Vladimir Putin's efforts for the development of Sino-Russian relations over the past decade since the signing of the China-Russia Treaty of Good-Neighborliness, Friendship and Cooperation.
Hu Jintao stressed that China is willing to work with Russia to further enhance trust, mutual support on issues of core interest and enlarge pragmatic cooperation in various fields.
He said to further promote cooperation in the new decade, both countries should continuously increase their bilateral trade volume, with the goal of reaching 100 billion US dollars in trade by 2015 and 200 billion in 2020.
Hu Jintao also stated that the two sides should strengthen collaboration on energy, including nuclear power, coal, electricity, new energy and new technologies.
Meanwhile, China and Russia are also expected to see more progress in mutual investment, innovation and high-tech areas, and infrastructure construction in border areas.
The Russian prime minister expressed Russia's willingness to work with China to focus on deepening the China-Russia strategic partnership of coordination.
Putin agreed that bilateral cooperation in such areas of gas and oil will boost the overall development of cooperation.
The Russian prime minister also hailed the two countries' efforts to explore new ways of cultural exchange, and the successful launching of "Language Year" in each other's country.
Putin expressed his expectations on the setting up of the reciprocal "Tourism Year."
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