Beijing and Moscow agree to deepen trust and links

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 13 October, 2011, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 13 October, 2011, 12:00am

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Beijing and Moscow vowed yesterday to deepen mutual political trust and enhance strategic partnerships, signalling that the two powers may get closer at the United Nations, as Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin ended his two-day China visit.

Putin, on his first overseas trip since announcing last month that he plans to serve again as Russian president, played up co-operation with China, saying the Sino-Russian relationship was at an all-time high, while describing the global dominance of the US dollar as 'parasitic'.

He said in his meetings with President Hu Jintao and National People's Congress chairman Wu Bangguo yesterday that developing ties with China was the priority for Russia's foreign affairs.

'Russia is willing to work hard with China to further enhance mutual strategic trust, maintain frequent high-level exchanges and deepen co-operation in various fields to push the development of the Sino-Russian strategic partnership,' he said.

Hu made a similar pledge at the meeting, and said he believed a series of documents signed by the two countries on Tuesday would strengthen bilateral ties.

In an interview with Xinhua and China Central Television, Putin said bilateral ties had reached a historic peak and that the two countries could help safeguard each other's legitimate rights. He criticised the US economy, saying: 'The US is not a parasite for the world economy, but the US dollar's monopoly is a parasite.' He said the comment was offered constructively, and there was a need to find a common solution to the problem. China and Russia infuriated the West last week by blocking a United Nations Security Council resolution against Syria's crackdown on protesters.

In a joint communique leased after the visit, the two countries pledged to improve co-operation when handling international affairs in addition to strengthening cultural exchanges. 'Both sides stress that the UN, with its Security Council, should play a core role in international affairs,' the statement said. They said they would continue efforts to bring about a multi-polar world.

They will also strengthen co-ordination on energy and food security and other global issues within the framework of the UN, the Shanghai Co-operation Organisation and the five-country BRICS bloc, which also includes Brazil, India and South Africa. The statement said a timetable for reforming the UN Security Council should not be set without the support of the majority of UN members.

The two sides signed a series of documents boosting economic and trade ties, and agreed on Tuesday to co-operate on energy development, but a deal that will see Russia supply 68 billion cubic metres of natural gas to China each year could not be finalised because of a pricing dispute.