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China policy will remain Putin's priority -- expert

03-05-2012 14:54 BJT Special Report:Russia Presidential Election 2012 |

MOSCOW, March 5 (Xinhua) -- Russia's policy toward China will be developed and enriched during President-elect Vladimir Putin's third term in Kremlin, said a senior China expert.

Putin, who has just won Sunday's presidential election, will keep the strategic relations with China the priority for the country's foreign policy, Mikhail Titarenko, head of the Far East Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences, told Xinhua.

"Putin's most decisive actions have been aimed at stimulating the Russia-China relations, and adding particular content to the strategic partnership announced in 1996," Titarenko said.

In his article, "Russia and Changing World," Putin for the first time in recent years clearly stated that Russia's foreign policy priority rests with the Asia-Pacific, including China.

"Russia-China partnership has never been at such high level like today. On the top political level, our relations have seen unprecedented progress," said the senior expert who has devoted himself to China study.

Meanwhile, he added, on many regional and world issues, including the issue of Syria, Iran, Afghanistan, Korean peninsula and the euro crisis, Moscow and Beijing have similar approaches and have coordinated well.

"There is no reason to stop or change this close coordination," said Titarenko.

In response to concerns that China's development may pose a threat to Russia, Putin said in his article that China's rise is a challenge, not a threat.

"Putin expects the challenge can stimulate Russia for its own faster development, hoping Russia should fill its sails with the Chinese wind," Titarenko said.

The development of China can benefit Russia and that is why Putin has seen it not as a threat, he said.

Titarenko recalled that after Putin came to power in 2000, Moscow's foreign policy has looked both ways.

"Putin was right that Europe and Asia are the two wings Russia flies on. A bird cannot fly with one wing. If Russia fails to develop the Asia policy, it is unable to go forward," he said.

Editor:Zhang Jianfeng |Source: Xinhua

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