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China, Russia sign 12 agreements during Putin's visit

2009-10-13 13:15:37 GMT2009-10-13 21:15:37 (Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

China, Russia signed 12 agreements, including agreements on natural gas and oil, as the government heads of the two countries held their 14th regular meeting in Beijing on Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2009. (Xinhua/Xie Huanchi)

China, Russia signed 12 agreements, including agreements on natural gas and oil, as the government heads of the two countries held their 14th regular meeting in Beijing on Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2009. (Xinhua/Xie Huanchi)

BEIJING, Oct. 13 (Xinhua) -- China and Russia signed 12 agreements, including agreements on natural gas and oil, as the government heads of the two countries held their 14th regular meeting in Beijing on Tuesday.

The signing ceremony was overseen by Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin after their talks in the Great Hall of the People in downtown Beijing.

Prior to their talks, Wen hosted a red-carpet welcome ceremony for Putin, who is on his first official visit to China since taking office in May 2008.

The agreements include a framework agreement on Russia's export of natural gas to China, a memorandum of understanding (MOU) on high-speed train and an agreement on mutual notification of ballistic missiles and launch of carrier rocket.

Wen said Putin's visit at the 60th anniversary of the establishment of Sino-Russian ties is of great significance.

Bilateral relations have become stable and mature since the forging of diplomatic ties 60 years ago and particularly the establishment of the Russia-China strategic cooperative partnership in 1996, Wen said.

The level of political mutual trust, strategic and practical cooperation between the two countries has been improved continuously and yielded many achievements, which effectively advances the development of bilateral ties and positively influences world peace and development, he said.

The Sino-Russian relations are role models of relations between neighboring countries and relations between big powers, said Wen, adding that China is willing to work with Russia to make greater achievements in the future.

Putin warmly congratulated the 60th anniversary of the founding of New China, saying China has achieved great success in various areas in the past 60 years.

Russia and China have become genuine and comprehensive strategic and cooperative partners in recent years, he said.

The two sides have carried out cooperation in politics, economy and international affairs with mutual trust, and the bilateral economic cooperation has withstood the test of the global financial crisis, Putin said.

In the evening, they addressed a celebration gathering to mark the 60th anniversary of diplomatic relations between the two countries.

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