Author: Zhang DEGUANG
At a special ceremony in Moscow in July 2001, Chairman Jiang Zemin and President Vladimir Putin signed the Treaty of Good-Neighborliness, Friendship, and Cooperation between the People's Republic of China and the Russian Federation. As China's Deputy Foreign Minister I had at that time accompanied Chairman Jiang Zemin on his trip to Russia and was myself a witness to this great event in the development of Chinese-Russian relations. In the course of less than six months, the Parliaments of both countries had quickly examined and ratified the above Treaty, and the two sides exchanged instruments of ratification, thereby completing in full the legal procedures in their respective countries. On February 28, 2002, the Treaty entered into force.
I believe that the signing of this Treaty is a timely and natural result of the development of Chinese-Russian relations and is of epochal significance in the long- term development of our relations in the new century.
In the past ten years, as a result of the direct role of the two nations' higher leaderships in stimulating Chinese-Russian relations, they have on the whole gone through three stages of development: relations in which we "viewed each other as friendly countries;" "constructive, partner-style relations," and "relations of strategic partnership and collaboration," appropriate to the twenty-first century and based on equality and trust. Relations between the two countries have steadily improved, and cooperation in various spheres has seen comprehensive development, becoming more deep-seated every day and yielding splendid results. The Treaty summarized the achievements made at different times, at different levels, and in different areas, and went on to reinforce them. The Treaty,
Zhang Deguang, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the People's Republic of China to the Russian Federation.
therefore, encompassed all of the best that was achieved between China and Russia over ten years of developing their relations.
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