‘China-Russia ties mature and stable’

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Beijing, March 8 (IANS) The relations between China and Russia are mature and stable, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said on Tuesday.

China-Russia comprehensive strategic partnership of coordination is built on the solid foundation of mutual support and mutual trust, and the two sides have a strong desire to strengthen win-win cooperation, Wang said on the sidelines of the national legislative session.

President Xi Jinping and his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, met five times in 2015, setting the tone for the continued strong momentum in China-Russia relations, Xinhua news agency reported.

The relationship will not be weakened by any particular incident, Wang said.

“We are making active and orderly progress in various big projects,” Wang said, adding that construction has started on the eastern route of natural gas pipeline.

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Cooperation on industrial capacity, equipment, manufacturing, agriculture and finance is also speeding up, he added.

Both the countries have strong economic complementarity and a significant desire to work with each other. “Our cooperation is long term and strategic in nature,” he said.

Temporary factors will not prevent China and Russia from deepening all-round cooperation, he said.

This year marks the 15th anniversary of the signing of the China-Russia treaty on good neighbourliness, friendship and cooperation.

“We want to carry forward the vision of everlasting friendship set by the treaty and to turn our strong political relations into more fruits of practical cooperation, so as to add more substance to the China-Russia comprehensive strategic partnership of coordination,” said Wang.

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