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Vice Premier Li Keqiang Meets with Russian State Duma Speaker Naryshkin

On April 27, 2012, visiting Chinese Vice Premier Li Keqiang met with the chairman of Russia's State Duma, Sergei Naryshkin, at the Duma building.

Li first conveyed the cordial greetings and good wishes from Chairman Wu Bangguo of the Standing Committee of China's National People's Congress (NPC) to Naryshkin. Li said China and Russia had lifted their relations to the level of comprehensive strategic partnership of coordination, which was of significance in boosting world multi-polarization, promoting democratization of international relations, and pushing the world in a more rational and balanced direction. As friendly neighbors, the two countries conducted close cooperation based on equality, mutual trust, and mutual benefit in a bid to achieve common prosperity, Li said. He said both sides shared common goals in promoting their countries' development and hoped to see the other side develop and prosper, regarding each other's development as an important opportunity. China, Li said, would join hands with Russia to further enrich the comprehensive strategic partnership of coordination by making use of their respective development strategies, tapping potential in economic and trade areas and cementing cooperation in major projects as well as regional cooperation. Exchanges between the countries' legislative bodies and their cooperative mechanism had played a significant role in promoting China-Russia relations and cooperation in all respects, Li said. He believed that, under the direct leadership of the two countries' top legislators, the China-Russia Legislative Cooperation Committee would play a more active role in facilitating the development of comprehensive strategic partnership of coordination.

Naryshkin asked Li to convey his cordial greetings to Chairman Wu Bangguo. He said China-Russia relations had maintained sound development in recent years, adding Li's visit would inject new impetus into bilateral relations. People from various walks of life in Russia welcomed a friendly relationship with China, he said, adding that all parties in the State Duma, or lower house of parliament, supported the comprehensive strategic partnership of coordination as well. Naryshkin said both Chinese and Russian legislative bodies were playing an increasingly important role in politics and he called on the two sides to strengthen the regular exchange mechanism to inject more vigor into the bilateral relationship.

Two first deputy speakers of the State Duma - Alexander Zhukov from the United Russia and Ivan Melnikov from the Communist Party, as well as Chinese accompanying officials attended the meeting.

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