China, Russia agree to promote anti-corruption cooperation


China and Russia have agreed to further tackle corruption together, according to senior officials from both countries.

A CPC delegation headed by Zhao Hongzhu has been on a three-day visit to Moscow that began earlier this week. Zhao, member of the Secretariat of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee and deputy head of the CPC Central Commission for Discipline Inspection, held talks with Oleg Plokhoi, head of the Presidential Directorate for Countering Corruption.

Noting that the China-Russia comprehensive strategic partnership of coordination has been developing rapidly through high-level contact in recent years, Zhao said that China is ready to continue working with Russia to implement important consensus reached by leaders of both countries, to promote mutual trust and to boost pragmatic cooperation in various fields.

During the talks, Zhao briefed Russian officials about the major initiatives and accomplishments with the aim of promoting comprehensive and strict governance of the Party by the CPC Central Committee since the 18th CPC National Congress in late 2012, highlighting the progress made in building a clean, honest government.

The two countries should see strengthening anti-corruption efforts as one area of solidifying bilateral ties, he said.

Echoing Zhao’s appeal, the Russian side spoke highly of past dialogues between both the Russian and Chinese heads of state.

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The Russian side expressed its readiness to deepen cooperation between government departments of the two countries, as well as enhance communication on anti-corruption issues.

During his visit, Zhao also met with Anton Vaino, head of the Administration of the President of the Russian Federation, and Ivan Melnikov, first deputy chairman of the lower chamber of the Russian parliament (State Duma).