Russia and China to extend Treaty of Good-Neighborliness

Russia and China to extend Treaty of Good-Neighborliness

Russia and China will automatically extend the Treaty of Good-Neighborliness, Friendship and Cooperation with China for five years, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said today.

"This year marks the 20th anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of Good-Neighborliness, Friendship and Cooperation, which is very important. Over the past 20 years, this treaty has laid a solid legal foundation for healthy, sustainable development of Russian-Chinese relations and has contributed to the optimization and modernization of bilateral relations," Wang Yi said during the talks with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, reports.

"We have agreed to extend this treaty automatically and we must constantly give this agreement new content, taking into account the modern realities, so that it adapts to the new conditions of Russian-Chinese relations. I think that this treaty will certainly help us reach new agreements and give a new impetus to the development of relations,"  RIA Novosti cited the head of the Chinese Foreign Ministry as saying.

"Justice will ultimately prevail: while the international situation in the world is changing, our resolve to uphold international justice remains unchanged, '' Wang Yi added.

The Treaty of Good-Neighbourliness, Friendship and Cooperation was signed on July 16, 2001 by President of Russia Vladimir Putin and Chinese President Xi Jinping and ratified on February 28, 2002.