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Vice Premier Li Keqiang Arrives in Russia for Official Visit

On April 26, local time, Chinese Vice Premier Li Keqiang arrived at Moscow Sheremetyevo Airport for an official visit to Russia at the invitation of the government of the Russian Federation.

In a written speech delivered upon his arrival at the airport, Li said China and Russia were friendly neighbors, sharing a long border straddled by mountains and rivers, and the friendship between the two peoples went back a long way. With concerted efforts by both sides, friendly cooperation based on good-neighborliness had been continuously advanced in recent years, Li said. "China and Russia have become each other's comprehensive strategic partner of cooperation sharing weal and woe," he said, adding "we are friendly neighbors, strategic partners and good friends."

Li said the development of China-Russia relations had brought real benefits for the two peoples and played a key role in maintaining regional and world peace, safety and stability. China, Li said, would join hands with Russia to make advancing bilateral ties one of their foreign policy priorities, regard each other's development as an important opportunity, and further implement the planning for the development of China-Russia ties in the next decade. Li also expressed China's commitment to promoting the development of the comprehensive partnership of strategic cooperation with Russia.

Li said he believed his visit would build political mutual trust, deepen pragmatic cooperation and strategic coordination in all spheres, cement the traditional friendship and mutual understanding of the two peoples and make new contributions to the sustained, rapid and sound development of their comprehensive, friendly and cooperative relations.

During his visit, Li is scheduled to meet Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, Prime Minister and president-elect Vladimir Putin, Chairman of the Federation Council Valentina Matviyenko, and Chairman of State Duma Sergei Naryshkin. They will exchange views on bilateral ties, major international and regional issues of common concern, and cooperation on major projects. Li will also have extensive contacts with Russians from the business community and other walks of life, meet friendly personages of the two countries, give an address at Moscow State University, attend the opening ceremony of China-Russia Trade and Investment Promotion Conference, hold discussions with local leaders of Russia, visit Poklonnaja Mountain which is the most important memorial constructed in honor of victory in the Great Patriotic War and meet with Russian World War II veterans.

Upon his arrival at the airport, Li was greeted by Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Morgulov, Russian Ambassador to China Razov and Chinese Ambassador to Russia Li Hui.

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