Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao arrived in St. Petersburg on Monday evening as part of a two-day visit to Russia. He said upon arrival:
“Developing a long-term healthy and steady strategic partnership of coordination between China and Russia is in line with the basic interests of the two countries and two peoples, conducive to the development and growth of the two countries, and helpful to the development of the world’s multipolarization and establishment of a more reasonable and just international order.”
Bilateral trade between Russia and China reached 45.1 billion U.S. dollars in 2010, a 43.4-percent increase over the same period last year. The Chinese government predict that this will rise to 50 billion dollars by the year end.
Wen travelled to Moscow to meet with Russian President Dmitry Medvedev on Tuesday 23rd November. He and the Russian Prime Minister, Vladimir Putin, signed a number of deals regarding nuclear power, the security at border checkpoints between Russia and China, intellectual property, anti-dumping import provisions, railways, air services, the settlement of Russian debts to China, trade, the economy, cultural exchange and regular meetings for heads of government.
Mr Wen will then travel to Dushanbe to pay an official visit to Tajikistan and attend the prime ministers’ meeting of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization.