We have noted that the presidential election of Russia was smoothly held on March 4. President Hu Jintao has sent a message of congratulations to newly elected President Vladimir Putin. We wish the people of the Russian Federation even greater achievements in their cause of national prosperity and revitalization.
The Chinese Government is prepared to work closely with the Russian side to deepen the comprehensive strategic partnership of coordination between the two countries and enhance their practical cooperation in all fields.
The Sino-Russian relationship this year has "one central task" and "five priorities." The one central task is to fully implement the plan for the development of Sino-Russian relations in the next 10 years. The five priorities are: ensuring the success of high-level contacts and mutual visits; increasing mutual political support; intensifying practical cooperation in fields such as economy, trade, energy, science, technology and infrastructure as well as at the local level; stepping up cultural and people-to-people exchanges; and enhancing cooperation in regional and international affairs.