China-Russia relations are now both at their best in history and at the most important historical stage, Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao said in a recent interview with Russian media.
Wen had an interview with Itar-Tass News Agency and Interfax News Agency in Beijing before making an official visit to Russia next week.
During the interview, Wen said China-Russia relations have seen big and substantial changes since the two countries established a strategic cooperative partnership 10 years ago. The two countries have enhanced political mutual trust, greatly expanded trade and economic cooperation and enriched the content of strategic cooperative partnership by holding such cultural events as "Year of Russia" and "Year of China".
Wen said the next decade will be an important historical period for both the evolution of the international situation and the development of China-Russia relations.
"Therefore, my coming visit to Russia has special significance," Wen said.
During the visit, Wen will exchange views with Russian leaders on bilateral relations and major international issues. The two sides will sign a series of important cooperative agreements.
"I believe the coming visit will further push forward the development of China-Russia strategic cooperative partnership," Wen told resident Russian reporters in Beijing.
Wen said the two countries will continue to strengthen cooperation in all fields, including trade, economy, science, technology, education and culture.