China and Russia Agree to Promote Parliamentary Exchanges

The leaders of the parliaments of China and Russia agreed Thursday in Moscow to intensify cooperation, strengthen legislative and the overall development of bilateral relations.

The consensus was reached during negotiations between Wu Bangguo, chairman of the Standing Committee of China National People’s Congress (NPC), and Boris Gryzlov, speaker of the Duma, lower house of Russian parliament.

The two men also co-chaired the fifth meeting of the Cooperation Committee of the NPC and the State Duma.

“By using the regular exchange mechanism, the parliaments of China and Russia have conducted friendly exchanges and pragmatic cooperation in various fields and have accumulated plenty of experiences,” said Wu.

In order to promote bilateral friendship and cooperation, Wu said that both sides should continue to support the development.

The two legislatures should also call the government departments concerned to launch major cooperation projects quickly and approve the covenants and agreements required that will create a pragmatic legal cooperation between the two countries, he said.

Recalling the “dramatic development” in Sino-Russian relations, Wu said the two countries resolved the border issue and are supported in the records of their key interests.

“It is the strategic choice of the government and the Chinese people to unswervingly develop the Sino-Russian relations,” said the Chinese top legislator.

During the visit of Chinese President Hu Jintao to Russia in June, both countries have established a plan to develop relations of two countries over the next decade, promising to build a comprehensive strategic cooperative partnership based on equality, mutual trust, mutual support, shared prosperity and lasting friendship, said Wu.

“My visit is only to materialize the consensus reached by the two heads of state and continue to advance bilateral relations,” he said.

Mr. Gryzlov on his side enjoyed the regular bilateral parliamentary exchange mechanism, stating that the government, Parliament and the Russian people attach great importance to relations with China, and are willing to work with China to bring bilateral relations to a new level.

Wu arrived in Moscow on Wednesday, starting a tour in four Eurasian countries, including Belarus, Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan.

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