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China to further ties with Russia after Duma poll

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The results of Russia's parliamentary election will benefit the country, and China will further bilateral ties after Sunday's polling, China's Foreign Ministry said.

"We believe that the election results will be beneficial for Russia's social unity, national stability and economic development," ministry spokesman Hong Lei said at a regular news briefing.

China respects the choice of the Russian people, and will work with the Russians to push forward the comprehensive strategic partnership of coordination, he said.

Russia's ruling United Russia party has won nearly half the votes of the 95.71 percent of ballots that have been counted, according to Russia's election watchdog, the Central Election Commission (CEC).

United Russia may gain 238 of the 450 seats and enjoy a majority in the State Duma, or the lower house of the parliament, according to the Commission.

However, the party received nearly one-third fewer votes than in 2007 and fell short of the 315 seats it secured in the last Duma election.

President Dmitry Medvedev, who took office in 2008 when former president Vladimir Putin stepped down after serving a maximum two consecutive terms, made a brief appearance with Putin at a meeting at United Russia headquarters late on Sunday.

Medvedev said United Russia, which had previously held a two-thirds majority allowing it to change the constitution without opposition support, was prepared to forge alliances on certain issues to secure backing for legislation.

The communist party made big gains in the election, doubling its vote to about 20 percent, according to the CEC.

Official projections put the left-leaning Just Russia on 64 Duma seats, up from 38, and Vladimir Zhirinovsky's nationalist LDPR on 56, up from 40.


1. How much of the ballots have been counted?

2. What is Russia's election watchdog called?

3. How much did the communist party double its vote by?


1.95.71 percent

2.Central Election Commission


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China to further ties with Russia after Duma poll

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China to further ties with Russia after Duma poll

Emily Cheng is an editor at China Daily. She was born in Sydney, Australia and graduated from the University of Sydney with a degree in Media, English Literature and Politics. She has worked in the media industry since starting university and this is the third time she has settled abroad - she interned with a magazine in Hong Kong 2007 and studied at the University of Leeds in 2009.