Xi backs build­ing of po­lar Silk Road Pres­i­dent sup­ports na­tion’s joint de­vel­op­ment of Arctic with Rus­sia

China Daily (Canada) - - FRONT PAGE - ByBy ZHANGZHANG YUNBIYUNBI and ZHANGZHANGYUEYUEand in Bei­jing

China and Rus­sia should jointly de­velop and co­op­er­ate on the use of the North Po­lar sea route and build a Silk Road on the ice, Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping told vis­it­ing Rus­sian Prime Min­is­ter Dmitry Medvedev on Wed­nes­day.

Close to 20 bi­lat­eral co­op­er­a­tive doc­u­ments were signed on Wed­nes­day in fields such as in­vest­ment, en­ergy, aerospace and fi­nance.

Rus­sia is China’s largest neigh­bor, and China’s clear goals and firm de­ter­mi­na­tion to de­velop and deepen Chi­naRus­sia re­la­tions will not change, Xi said.

Medvedev is on an of­fi­cial visit to China from Tues­day to Thurs­day and co-chaired with Pre­mier Li Ke­qiang the 22nd China-Rus­sia Prime Min­is­ters’ Reg­u­lar Meet­ing on Wed­nes­day.

He ar­rived in Bei­jing only a week after the con­clu­sion of the 19th National Con­gress of the Com­mu­nist Party of China, which saw the elec­tion of the Party’s new lead­er­ship.

Medvedev gave his con­grat­u­la­tions on the suc­cess­ful con­clu­sion of the Party con­gress as well as Xi’s re-elec­tion as gen­eral sec­re­tary of the CPC Cen­tral Com­mit­tee.

Rus­sia is sat­is­fied with the bi­lat­eral co­op­er­a­tion car­ried out since Xi’s visit to Rus­sia in July and is ready to re­in­force the ex­change of views and

China’s clear goals and firm de­ter­mi­na­tion to de­velop and deepen Chi­naRus­sia re­la­tions will not change.”

co­op­er­a­tion re­gard­ing in­ter­na­tional and re­gional af­fairs, he said.

Xi said the China-Rus­sia com­pre­hen­sive strate­gic part­ner­ship of co­or­di­na­tion, which is at a new start­ing point, will grasp new op­por­tu­ni­ties and achieve new re­sults.

Both coun­tries should en­sure the good syn­ergy of the Belt and Road Ini­tia­tive with the Eurasian Eco­nomic Union, and bet­ter im­ple­ment projects such as a coastal in­ter­na­tional trans­port cor­ri­dor, Xi said.

On Wed­nes­day, Pre­mier Li Ke­qiang said at a joint news con­fer­ence after meet­ing with Medvedev that Rus­sia’s Far East, like cen­tral and western China, has huge po­ten­tial for de­vel­op­ment and growth.

China and Rus­sia’s strength­en­ing co­op­er­a­tion in de­vel­op­ing the Far East will in­tro­duce new op­por­tu­ni­ties for co­op­er­a­tion and prove mu­tu­ally ben­e­fi­cial, Li said.

Feng Yu­jun, a pro­fes­sor of Rus­sian stud­ies at Fu­dan

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