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Chinese top legislator meets Russian Duma chairman

2009-05-14 13:25:01 GMT2009-05-14 21:25:01 (Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

Wu Bangguo (L), chairman of the Standing Committee of China's National People's Congress (NPC), meets with Russia's State Duma Chairman Boris Gryzlov in Moscow, Russia, May 14, 2009. (Xinhua/Li Tao)

Wu Bangguo, chairman of the Standing Committee of China's National People's Congress (NPC), and Russia's State Duma Chairman Boris Gryzlov attend the third meeting of the cooperation committee between NPC and the Russian State Duma in Moscow, Russia, May 14, 2009. (Xinhua/Li Tao)

MOSCOW, May 14 (Xinhua) -- Wu Bangguo, China's top legislator, met Thursday with Duma Chairman Boris Gryzlov and both leaders stressed the importance of enhancing cooperation between the two parliaments.

Wu, chairman of the Standing Committee of China's National People's Congress(NPC), said that in recent years, the exchanges and cooperation between the NPC and the Russian Parliament, including the lower house of the State Duma, have become increasingly diversified and comprehensive.

The exchanges have not only helped to enhance friendship and deepen trust between the two peoples, but they also have added new vigor to bilateral trade and economic cooperation.

The increasingly closer ties between the parliaments have strongly promoted the development of the China-Russia strategic partnership of cooperation, Wu added.

Gryzlov said the parliamentary cooperation between the two nations has served an important and unique role for Russia-China relations. Especially since the two parliaments established a regular exchange mechanism, more and more Duma legislators have been involved in promoting friendship between the two countries, he said.

The State Duma hopes to further strengthen its ties with the NPC and promote bilateral cooperation in areas such as politics, economy, culture, environment, anti-terrorism and anti-drug smuggling.

Wu is in Moscow for an official visit to Russia. Since arriving in Moscow on Wednesday, the legislator has met with President Dmitri Medvedev and Sergei Mironov, chairman of the upper chamber of the Russian Parliament, known as the Federation Council.

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