Losyukov's remarks were made in anticipation of Chinese Foreign Minister Tang Jiaxuan's upcoming visit to Moscow.
Chinese-Russian relationships, he said, are "on a very serious upturn. … We are in a very good mood approaching a discussion of numerous bilateral cooperation projects, we find a common language with the Chinese colleagues on practically all, or on a majority of major international issues, there is a cooperation in progress inside international organizations," he said.
In the fast-developing relationship with Beijing, Moscow "proceeds from relations of strategic partnership, which the sides have agreed to establish by signing a relevant declaration last year, while President Vladimir Putin was paying a visit to China," Losyukov added.
Tang Jiaxuan's upcoming visit is seen as paving the way for the official visit of China's President Jiang Zemin who is due in Moscow in July to sign what many believe will be Beijing's first treaty of cooperation with Russia since the collapse of the Soviet Union.
While not expected to be a mutual defense pact, the new arrangement will draw the two nations closer together and cement the various arms deals Russia's President Vladimir Putin has concluded with China.
One of the few discordant notes in the previous relationship between Moscow and Beijing has been the two long-running disputes over borders between the two countries, but even they seem to be on the way toward an eventual settlement.
According to Russia's Strana ru news agency, Losyukov spoke hopefully about the problem of the lack of progress in bilateral negotiations on the demarcation of the Russian-Chinese border in two stretches – one around the two islands in the Amur near Khabarovsk and the other on Bolshoi Island in the upper reaches of the Argun.
"After a certain pause, the sides have restarted talks on the demarcation of these two stretches," said Losyukov, adding that they have already held one preliminary round of talks and that negotiations on this matter would be continued, with one or two rounds of talks to be held before the end of this year.
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