On Saturday, Jiaxuan and his counterparts from Russia, Kazakhstan,
Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan met at a meeting of the so-called "Shanghai Five"
group to discuss issues ranging from global stability to regional security,
from fighting international terrorism to weapons and narcotics smuggling in
the Central Asian region.
However, the key assignment of Jiaxuan's trip to Russia was the
preparation of the upcoming July visit to Moscow by Chinese leader Jiang
According to Russian Foreign Minister Igor Ivanov who met with Jiaxuan
Saturday morning, Russia and China will post a record number of top level
talks in 2001.
"We practically don't have any problems that could annoy our relations,"
Putin told the Chinese diplomat Sunday.
According to the Russian president, the relations between Russia and China
"are developing intensively and in a positive vein."
Among other achievements, Putin praised the recent boost in trade between
the two countries saying that in 2000 "the annual turnover grew by 40
percent and reached the record figure of $8 billion."
China is the world's foremost purchaser of Russian weapons and military
equipment. Around one million ethnic Chinese are believed to be living in
Jiaxuan passed along to Putin best wishes and greetings from President
Zemin, who will meet with the Russian leader at least three times this year.
In June, Putin and Zemin are scheduled to meet first in China at the next
summit of the "Shanghai Five" group of nations.
In Shanghai, the member states of the alliance will sign a joint protocol
pledging to fight terrorism, extremism and separatism in the turbulent
Central Asian region.
Zemin's July visit to Moscow will be the highlight of the Russian-Chinese
diplomatic activity in 2001, as the two leaders are expected to sign a new
comprehensive bilateral treaty defining the future relations between Moscow
and Beijing over a 20-year period.
Finally, Putin and Zemin will attend the Asian-Pacific Economic
Cooperation forum in October.
On Sunday, Jiaxuan said that he was "satisfied with the results of the
trip" adding a bit of praise for his Moscow hosts by saying that he had the
impression he was "still at home."
During his talks with Ivanov, Jiaxuan underlined that the bilateral treaty
would not "be directed against third countries" but would only reflect
Russia's and China's efforts to build a multi-polar world.
The partnership between the two countries could be strengthened further as
both Moscow and Beijing oppose Washington's global dominance.
Moreover, Russia shares China's concern over U.S. President George Bush's
pledge last week to militarily support Taiwan.
On Sunday, Itar-Tass quoted unnamed sources which it said were close to
the Chinese embassy in Moscow as saying that the U.S. pledge to arm Taiwan
caused "serious concerns that entitle China to have the full right to take
The same sources added that the Russian-Chinese strategic partnership "is
the main obstacle in Washington's pursuit of generating global influence."
"We have given a great deal of attention to the complex of problems
connected with preserving strategic stability in the world and creating a
multi-polar world," Ivanov said Sunday.
"The stances of Russia and China on these issues coincide and we will
continue to closely coordinate our actions in the international arena."
The two ministers reiterated that both Russia and China would insist on
preserving the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty of 1972 as the cornerstone of
the global strategic stability despite the unilateral U.S. bid to walk out
on the agreement by building its own national missile defense system.
Meanwhile, Russia's domestic security service charged Sunday a Russian
scientist with treason and fraud, alleging he was handing over classified
data to China.
In February, the regional division of the FSB in the Siberian city of
Krasnoyarsk arrested researcher Valentin Danilov on suspicion that he was
providing a Chinese firm with the secret information that could help reduce
costs of developing a military space vehicle.
On Sunday, Danilov was charged with state treason and fraud despite his
lawyers' argument that the allegedly secret materials had been declassified
However, the incident will seemingly have no greater impact on further
development of scientific ties between the two countries.
As he spoke on the issue Sunday, Jiaxuan stressed that he would have to
investigate the situation upon his return to Beijing in order to give a
"One thing I can say for certain – regardless of the facts involved in
this case, it will fail to negatively influence the development of the
Russian-Chinese scientific and technical cooperation," said Jiaxuan.
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