On October 11, 2011, State Councilor and Chairperson of the Chinese side of China-Russia Cultural Cooperation Committee Liu Yandong and Russian Deputy Prime Minister and Chairman of the Russian side Zhukov co-chaired the 12th meeting of China-Russia Cultural Cooperation Committee in Beijing.
Liu pointed out that this year marks the 10th anniversary of the signing of China-Russia Treaty of Good-neighborliness and Friendly Cooperation. The bilateral relations and cooperation in various fields have achieved unprecedented fruitful results. When President Hu Jintao paid a historic state visit to Russia in June, leaders of the two countries made the strategic planning for the development of bilateral relations within the next decade. China is willing to work with Russia to actively implement the consensus reached by the two heads of state and deepen cultural cooperation in an all-round manner.
During the meeting, the results and experience of cultural cooperation between the two countries were reviewed comprehensively and the planning and recommendations for the next stage of work were put forward. Liu stressed that the China-Russia Cultural Cooperation Committee has played an active role of deepening the good-neighborly friendship of the two countries and the traditional friendship between the two peoples since its establishment 11 years ago. On a new historical starting point, China expects to join hands with Russia to further tap the potential of the Committee and its subcommittees, improve cooperation mechanisms, develop cooperation programs, expand cooperation areas and raise cooperation level, promote the bilateral cooperation in the fields of education, culture, health, sports, tourism, media, movie and file and between the young people and consolidate the social and public opinion foundation of China-Russia friendship.
Zhukov said that it is of special significance to hold the 12th meeting of the Committee on the occasion of celebrating the 10th anniversary of Russia-China Treaty of Good-neighborliness and Friendly Cooperation. The bilateral strategic partnership is mature and robust and stands at the highest level in history. It has become the role model of good-neighborly friendship, mutual respect and mutual trust among nations and an important positive factor of building a just and rational new international order and a harmonious world. The Committee plays a key role of enhancing the understanding and friendship between the two peoples and promoting the bilateral relations. Russia is willing to cooperate with China to make new contributions to reinforcing the friendship between the two peoples.