The two leaders discussed trade and economic cooperation opportunities, in particular interaction in the energy sector. Mr Medvedev noted that Russia and China signed agreements considerably expanding the horizons for cooperation, which will now extend to energy efficiency, renewable energy sources, and developing electricity networks. Cooperation will also focus on new high-technology projects in the nuclear energy sector.
Cooperation between Russian and Chinese regions was also one of the top items on the agenda, with plans to carry out 205 different projects as part of the cooperation programmes between Russia’s Far East and Eastern Siberian regions and China’s Northeast region through to 2018.
Mr Medvedev and Mr Hu discussed a broad range of international issues. Mr Medvedev noted that Russia and China hold similar views on global development issues, the UN’s role in fighting terrorism, preventing proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, combating climate change, rebuilding Iraq and Afghanistan, and the Middle East peace process. The two leaders examined the situation on the Korean Peninsula and the Iranian nuclear programme, and paid particular attention to the situation in the Asia-Pacific region, including the joint initiative to strengthen security in the region. Cooperation within the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation was also discussed.
Following the talks, the two Presidents took part in a ceremony inaugurating the Russia-China oil pipeline. The two leaders were able to watch live what was happening on the Russian and Chinese sides of the pipeline, and pushed a symbolic button signifying the pipeline’s completion.
The outcome of the talks was reflected in a joint statement on all-round deepening of the Russian-Chinese partnership and strategic cooperation.
Mr Medvedev and Mr Hu also adopted a joint statement on the 65th anniversary of the end of World War II, in which the two countries express their close position on the results and lessons of the war and condemn attempts to falsify its history and make heroes of the Nazis and their accomplices.
The two leaders also witnessed the signing of a number of cooperation agreements in various areas between the two countries.