China - Russia

Chronology from Jan 2002 to Mar 2002

: Sergei Stepashin, chairman of the Russian Audit Chamber, begins a week‑long visit to study the experience of his Chinese counterpart. Stepashin meets with Chinese Premier Zhu Rongji and China’s General Auditor Li Jinhua.

: Deputy FM Mamedov and the Chinese permanent representative at the Conference on Disarmament Hu Xiaodi meets in Geneva, expressing dissatisfaction with the state of affairs in multilateral arms control, disarmament, and nonproliferation.

: Russian President Vladimir Putin speakes via telephone with Chinese President Jiang Zemin to discuss trade and economic relations.

: Russia begins a temporary ban on imports of pork, beef, and poultry from China. Sergey Tsyplakov, Russia’s trade representative in Beijing, states that this was a “technical matter that will be settled through consultations in the spirit of partnership and cooperation.”

: A delegation led by Sergey Shoygu, Minister Sergei Kuzhugetovich Shoigu of Civil Defense and Emergency Situations, holds talks with their Chinese counterparts in Beijing.

: Valeriy Nikolayenko, secretary general of the CIS Collective Security Council, visits Beijing for the first‑ever consultations with the Chinese Foreign Ministry.

: The National Coordination Council SCO meets in Moscow and decide to start drafting the SCO’s charter that will be signed at a regular SCO summit meeting in St. Petersburg early in June.

: Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Georgii Mamedov and his Chinese counterpart Wang Guangya hold talks in Beijing on strategic stability.

: Russia’s Deputy Foreign Minister Anatoliy Losyukov and Assistant to the Chinese Foreign Minister Liu Guchang exchange ratified copies of the Sino-Russian friendship treaty in Beijing to mark the official debut of the 30-year treaty.

: Chinese Vice Premier Wen Jiabao meets in Beijing with Viktor Vladimirovich Gerashchenko, president of the Central Bank of the Russian Federation.

: Senior generals of the Chinese and Russian armed forces stationed on the Sino‑Russian border meet in Heihe City of Heilongjiang Province in China and in the Russian city of Blagoveshensk; this is the first meeting of this kind.

: President Jiang briefs President Putin via telephone on U.S. President George W. Bush’s recent visit to China.

: Russia and China sign a protocol of intent to purchase five Tu-204-120 airliners from Russia’s Aviastar‑SP in 2002‑2003, with an option of buying another 10.

: In a meeting with Chinese Ambassador Zhang Deguang in Moscow, Russian Foreign Minister Igor Ivanov “highly assessed” the development of the bilateral strategic partnership in 2001 and advocated further expansion of bilateral relations in 2002. Ivanov briefed Zhang on key areas in Russia’s foreign policy.

: It is reported that trade volume between Russia and China exceeded $20 billion for 2001, a 33.3 percent hike over 2000 and the highest in history.

: Russian President Vladimir Putin signs a federal law “On the Ratification of the Treaty on Good‑Neighbor Relations, Friendship, and Cooperation between the Russian Federation and the People’s Republic of China.”

: Russia’s Federation Council (upper house of Parliament) ratifies the Sino‑Russian Treaty of Friendship and Cooperation.

: Russian President Vladimir Putin conveys his “warmest New Year’s wishes” to President Jiang Zemin through visiting Russian Foreign Minister Igor Ivanov who is in Beijing.

: Foreign ministers of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO: China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan) meet in Beijing for a “non‑regular” meeting, the first of this kind, to coordinate their efforts against terrorism, fundamentalism, and separatism.  A joint statement also expressed “grave concern over the growth of tension between India and Pakistan.”

: Russia’s state weaponry trading company Rosoboronexport signs a $1.4 billion contract with China to build two destroyers of the 956EM type to be delivered before the end of 2005.

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