|Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi Meets with Russian President's Representative in the Far East Safonov|
On November 7, 2008, Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi met with Alex Safonov, the Russian president's representative in the Far East, who is on a visit to China.
Yang spoke highly of the development of China-Russia strategic cooperative partnership, expressing hope that both sides will work together to make sound preparations for major events including President Hu Jintao’s visit to Russia next year, the 2009 SCO summit in Yekaterinburg and the 60th anniversary of the establishment of China-Russia diplomatic ties, so as to push bilateral ties to a new level.
Safonov said both the central and local governments of Russia deem China its great neighbor and friend and attach great importance to developing ties with China. He expressed belief that with the joint efforts of both sides, China-Russia strategic cooperative partnership will be developed further.
Both sides also exchanged in-depth views on bilateral cooperation between localities and other issues.