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Russia, China Praise Their Relationship

September 30, 2010

VOA News
September 28, 2010

Russia and China, once bitter foes during the
Cold War, have praised their current relationship
as their leaders concluded new cooperative pacts between the countries.

Russian President Dmitri Medvedev said Tuesday
that Sino-Russian ties had reached their "highest
point" ever as he ended a three-day state visit
to China. Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping said
it was the "best period in history" for Russian-Chinese relations.

The two countries celebrated the completion of a
cross-border oil pipeline that links Russia, the
world's biggest oil producer, with China, the
largest energy consumer. Russia is expected to
send China $150 billion worth of oil over the
next 20 years. They are working on a natural gas deal as well.

According to the Chinese state news agency
Xinhua, the two countries also signed a pact
supporting each other's core territorial interests.

Russia said it supports China's control of
Taiwan, Tibet and Xinjiang, while China expressed
approval of Russian efforts to "promote peace and
stability" in the North Caucasus region, where
Islamists are seeking to establish an independent Islamic state.

Russia and China also said they want to reach an
agreement on reform of the International Monetary
Fund in advance of the IMF's next meeting in
November in Seoul. The Group of 20 major
economies agreed a year ago to alter its voting
power in favor of fast-growing economies.

China and Russia relations were at a low point
from the mid-1950s to the late 1980s as the two
countries waged an intra-communist propaganda
war. In 1969, the two countries engaged in a
series of border clashes that were not formally ended until 2004.
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