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11:10, March 22, 2010

Chinese vice president arrives in Russia to start four European nation tour (2)

Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping (R,front) is offered bread and salt as he arrives in Vladivostok, Russia, March 20, 2010. At the invitation of Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping arrived here Saturday for a five-day official visit to Russia.(Xinhua/Rao Aimin)

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Qin Gang said earlier that the Year of the Chinese Language in Russia will promote mutual understanding and friendship between the Chinese and Russian peoples and enhance their cultural cooperation.

"The visit is an important diplomatic action of China. China attaches high importance to relations with the four countries, and our relations with them are developing smoothly," Qin said.

At a press conference for the upcoming Year of the Chinese Language held in Moscow on Wednesday, Li Hui, Chinese ambassador to Russia, said the language year would be conducive to nurturing language talents and deepening the bilateral relationship.

China held the Year of the Russian Language in 2009, and this year's reciprocation in Russia is an effort to further consolidate the bilateral strategic partnership of cooperation.

Li said earlier that the Year of the Chinese Language, with its many events, would write a new page in China-Russia ties and elevate bilateral relations to a new high.

Russian First Deputy Foreign Minister Andrey Denisov and Mikhail Titarenko, chairman of the Russia-China Friendship Association, said the frequent high-level exchanges in 2009, joint celebration of the 60th anniversary of the Russia-China diplomatic ties and the success of the Year of the Russian Language had played a key role in deepening bilateral relations.

They expressed the belief that bilateral relations would maintain a sound development in 2010 and a series of grand events, including the Year of the Chinese Language, would further boost their bilateral ties.

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