China - Russia

Chronology from Apr 2009 to Jul 2009

:   Russian and Chinese military experts hold their 3rd round of consultations in Baichen China on preparations for Peace Mission-2009 joint antiterrorist exercises to be held on July 22-26. Lt. Gen. Antonov and Lt. Gen. Ma co-chair the meeting.

: President Hu visits Moscow and meets President Medvedev.

:   President Hu Jintao attends the annual SCO summit and the first meeting of BRIC leaders in Yekaterinburg of Russia.

:   SCO Business Council and Interbank Consortium stages a conference entitled “The SCO – a Space for Economic Interaction and Counteraction against the Global Crisis” in the framework of the 13th Petersburg International Economic Forum in Saint Petersburg.

:   The fourth SCO emergencies ministers meeting is held in Aktau, Kazakhstan. They agree on an Action Plan for 2009-2010 and to establish a SCO emergency relief center.

:   Russian and Chinese militaries hold their second round of consultations in Khabarovsk on the joint antiterrorist exercise, Peace Mission 2009, due to be held in July. The Chinese delegation, consisting of 39 generals and officers, is led by Lt. Gen. Ma Xiaotian, deputy chief of the General Staff. The Russian delegation is led by Deputy Chief of Staff of the Ground Forces Lt. Gen. Sergei Antonov.

: Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi initiates a telephone call to his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov on the situation on the Korean Peninsula in connection with the DPRK’s underground nuclear test on May 25.

:    A United Russia Party delegation, led by Secretary of the Presidium of the Party’s General Council Vyacheslav Volodin and head of the State Duma International Committee Constantine Kosachev, visits China.  They meet Wang Jiarui, head of the International Department of the CPC Central Committee and Vice President Xi Jinping.

:   A delegation of the General Armaments Department of the PLA, led by Director General Chang Wanquan, conducts a four-day visit to Russia at the invitation of the Russian Defense Ministry. Members of the PLA group include Zhang Zhannan, deputy commander of the PLA Navy, Jing Wenchun, deputy commander of the PLA Air Force, Wang Jiurong, deputy commander of the Second Artillery Force.  Vladimir Popovkin, deputy minister of defense and chief of armament of Russia, meets the group on May 21.

:  The fourth session of the SCO Security Council secretaries is held in Moscow under the chairmanship of Russian Interior Minister Rashid Nurgaliyev. Chinese Minister of Public Security Meng Jianzhu joins.

:   SCO officials in charge of anti-narcotics operations meet in Moscow and agree to establish a mechanism for coordinating the anti-narcotics activities.

:  Chinese State Councilor and Public Security Minister Meng Jianzhu meets Russian Internal Affairs Minister Rashid Nurgaliyev in Moscow. The two sign the 2009-2010 Cooperation Agreement of the Chinese Ministry of Public Security and the Russian Ministry of Internal Affairs. Meng meets President Medvedev on May 20.

:  The SCO conducts a disaster relief drill in Noginsk (Moscow Region). Kazakhstan, China, Russia and Tajikistan send their search and rescue teams. The SCO member and observer states (India, Iran, Mongolia and Pakistan) and other states including Belarus, Bulgaria and Lithuania also send their observation delegations.

:  The first SCO public security and interior ministers meeting is held in Yekaterinburg, Russia. Russian Interior Minister Nurgaliev and Chinese State Councilor and Public Security Minister Meng Jianzhu participate.

: The SCO holds its fourth session of the SCO Forum in Cholpon Ata, Kyrgyzstan on the issues of global financial and economic crisis, water and energy resources, culture and education cooperation, Afghanistan, and the role of observer states.

:  The SCO holds its annual foreign ministerial meeting in Moscow in preparation for SCO summit in June. President Medvedev joins the discussion of the draft declaration and joint communiqué to be adopted at the SCO summit.

:  Wu Bangguo, chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress visits Russian for the third meeting of the Russian-Chinese Parliamentary Commission.

:  The seventh SCO defense ministers meeting is held in Moscow. Medvedev joins the meeting.

:  Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi visits Moscow and meets Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, President Medvedev, and Russian Federation Council Speaker Sergei Mironov.

:  Chinese Defense Minister Liang Guanglie travels to Russia and visits the North Caucasian military district, meets Defense Minister Anatoly Serdyukov and President Medvedev, and attends the SCO annual defense ministers meeting in Moscow.

:  The fourth Sino-Russian energy dialogue is held in Beijing. A $25 billion intergovernmental oil deal is signed for an annual delivery of 15 million tons of Russian crude to China for 20 years.

:  More than 1,000 SCO military personnel conduct a 3-day antiterrorism drill in Tajikistan. Special Forces with heavy armored vehicles, helicopters, and attack aircraft from five SCO member states (Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, China, Russia, and Tajikistan) participate.

: The 7th session of the SCO prosecutor general talks is held in Moscow. Russian Prosecutor General Yuriy Chayka and Chinese Prosecutor General Cao Jianming attend.

:  Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi telephones his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov about North Korea’s satellite launch.

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