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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Chinese-Russian Ties

BEIJING -- Chinese Prime Minister Li Peng and Andrei Kokoshin, secretary of Russia's Defense Council, on Thursday hailed their countries' "strategic partnership" in talks in Beijing, Xinhua news agency said.

Kokoshin, who began a six-day official visit at the invitation of Chinese Defense Minister Chi Haotian, and Li said five meetings between PresidentJi ang Zemin and President Boris Yeltsin in recent years had strengthened ties, Xinhua reported.

Yeltsin visited China last November and signed with Jiang a statement confirming political friendship and declaring an end to disputes over sections of their 4,300-kilometer borders.