MOSCOW (AFP) - Russia on Thursday extolled Chinas role in the world, strides towards modernization and the bright prospects in bilateral ties as Beijing celebrated 60 years since the adoption of Communism. Congratulating China on the 60th anniversary of the revolution that swept the Communists to power, President Dmitry Medvedev and Prime Minister Vladimir Putin praised Russias strategic partnership with China, a term Moscow reserves for its closest allies and friends. China today is an influential power making a large contribution to securing international stability, Medvedev said. Russia is sincerely happy for successes of friendly China in its movement along the path of reforms and modernization, he said in a statement released by the Kremlin. The Kremlin added that Medvedev expressed confidence in the strength of good neighbourly friendly ties between Russia and China. Relations between Moscow and Bejing have been marked by a complicated history and during the rule of Mao Zedong, who proclaimed the adoption of Communism in 1949, China was under the thumb of the Soviet Union. However Russia, which is Chinas main military supplier, has now been watching Beijings growing economic and political might with a mixture of awe and uneasiness. Putin is scheduled to visit Beijing next months for talks and a six-nation regional security meeting, the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) that is keen to position itself as a counterbalance to NATO. I am convinced that our upcoming talks in Beijing will facilitate the realization of new joint projects (and) serve to further ramp up mutually beneficial cooperation, Putin said.