Talks Between China And Russia To Focus On Syria And Energy

Russia's Prime Minister Vladimir Putin (L) walks with Chinese President Hu Jintao

On Tuesday and Wednesday, talks between Russian Prime Minister Vladmir Putin and Chinese President Hu Jintao were expected by analysts to have focused on Syria and the ongoing energy collaboration between the countries. Last week China and Russia both vetoed a U.N. Security Council draft resolution that would have urged Syria to respect the human rights of anti-government protestors. China insisted that the draft resolution “put pressure blindly on Syria and threatened sanctions,” and urged that the international community should put more effort into encouraging dialogue between the Syrian government and its protestors.

China and Russia also continue to work closely together on trade relations. Shi Yinhong, international relations expert at People’s University in Beijing, said that Chinese dependence on Russian arms has been reduced, due to the rapid development of Chinese military technology.  However, Yinhong said that the nature of the energy trade between the two nations has not changed, and that “China is still willing to import substantial energy from Russia.”

On Monday Chinese Vice Premier Wang Quishan said that bilateral trade was expected to exceed $70 billion this year, and expected to reach $100 billion by 2015 and $200 billion by 2020.

Yet, some key discussions and agreements on military, energy, as well as space cooperations between China and Russia are not expected to be released to the public.

Image: AFP


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