In a joint statement released during Russian President Dmitry Medvedev's first official visit to China, Moscow and Beijing denounced the US missile defense shield plan, saying it harmed international non-proliferation efforts.
"Both sides believe that creating a global missile defence system, including deploying such systems in certain regions of the world, or plans for such cooperation, do not help support strategic balance and stability, and harm international efforts to control arms and the non-proliferation process,"
"It harms the strengthening of trust between states and regional stability. In this respect (the two sides) express their concern," it said.
The statement was signed in
Medvedev and Hu also found common ground on human rights, which both countries frequently say the
"Both sides are concerned about the universal nature of the principle of respecting human rights, but believe that every state has a right to encourage and protect them based on its own specific features and characters," the statement said.
"On the issue of human rights ... (we should) oppose politicising the issue and using double standards, and should oppose using human rights to interfere with other countries' affairs," it added.
The two countries have also proposed a treaty to ban weapons in space, in the face of
But the new Russian president also has to address concerns at home about
Medvedev arrived a day after visiting neighbouring
"The Chinese market is very attractive and we are trying to enter it in two ways, not only by supplying fuel but also investing in local production," said Sergei Kiriyenko, the chief of the Rosatom state nuclear corporation.
Date created : 2008-05-23