Noting that the presidents of the two countries have met multiple times and the bilateral comprehensive strategic partnership of coordination has been maintained at a high level, Li said this is not only in line with the interests of the two countries and the two peoples, but also conducive to the stability of the world and the recovery of the global economy.
“China is willing to work with Russia to continue deepening political and strategic mutual trust, expanding all-round cooperation and jointly contributing to world peace, stability and development,” said Li.
Li and Medvedev listened to reports by Chinese vice premiers Han Zheng, Sun Chunlan and Hu Chunhua, as well as Russian First Deputy Prime Minister Anton Siluanov, and deputy prime ministers Tatyana Golikova, Maxim Akimov and Yury Trutnev.
Hailing the rapid development of China–Russia economic and trade cooperation since the beginning of this year, Li said the bilateral trade volume will hopefully exceed 100 billion U.S. dollars by year-end, and there is great potential in the future.
He called on both sides to further improve trade facilitation, expand mutual investment, reinforce agricultural cooperation, boost cross-border e-commerce development and enhance cooperation in areas of innovation, especially the application of science, technology and basic research.
China stands ready to work with Russia to be committed to upholding the basic principles and spirit of the World Trade Organization (WTO) and safeguarding free trade and multilateralism, Li said, adding that China will synergize the Belt and Road Initiative and the Eurasian Economic Union.
For his part, Medvedev spoke highly of the high-level mutual trust between the two countries, saying Russia is willing to intensify exchanges with China at all levels, further enhance substantial cooperation and expand trade scales.
The two heads of government agreed to uphold multilateralism and free trade with the WTO as its core.
After the talks, Li and Medvedev signed the joint communique of the 23rd regular meeting between Chinese and Russian heads of governments and witnessed the signing of a series of deals in areas including investment, energy, local cooperation, cultural exchanges, agriculture, quality inspection and aviation.
The two heads of government also jointly met with the press following the signing ceremony.
Calling the meeting “pragmatic and efficient with fruitful results,” Li said the dialogue that has run for 22 years without interruption is proof of high-level and stable China–Russia comprehensive strategic partnership of coordination and bilateral cooperation in various fields.
According to Li, the two sides agreed to continue exploring the potential of two-way trade and investment, strengthening cooperation in science and technology innovation, and enhancing local cooperation between China‘s northeastern provinces and Russia‘s Far East to cultivate growth points in areas of resources and agricultural products.
The two sides will jointly work to put the agreement on economic and trade cooperation between China and the Eurasian Economic Union into effect at an early date, start negotiations on the Eurasian economic partnership in a pragmatic manner and lay a foundation for the building of an all-round and high-level trade and investment liberalization arrangement in the Eurasian region that will open up to other economies, Li said.
China‘s top legislator Li Zhanshu also met with Medvedev on Wednesday, calling on the two nations’ legislative bodies to provide legal protection for the continued high-level development of bilateral ties.