Thursday, November 16, 2000, updated at 10:57(GMT+8)

China, Russia to Coordinate Stance on Anti-Missile Issue

President Jiang Zemin said November 15 in Bandar Seri Begawan that China is willing to enhance its cooperation and coordination with Russia on the anti-missile issue.

Meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin on the sideline of the informal leaders' meeting of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation, Jiang said the shared stance of China and Russia on this issue has won more and more support from the international world since the United Nations General Assembly approved the decision on safeguarding and abiding the Anti-Missile Agreement earlier this year.

Putin said that his country will not change its attitude toward the anti-missile issue.

In their talks, Jiang highly appraised the development of the bilateral ties between the two large countries in the Pacific area.

China and Russia will have a great prospect in developing their economic and trade cooperation in the next century, especially with Russian economic recovery.

The Russian president said with the intensive contacts between the two leaders, the two sides have enjoyed very good cooperation both in the economic field and in the fields of safeguarding the world peace and other international issues.

This is the fourth meeting between the two heads of state within this year.