University in Shanghai, noted that the recent frequency of high-level contacts between the two countries, including Xi’s phone conversation with Russian President Vladimir Putin last week, shows Russia’s lasting focus and need for China and its market and capital.
Since the world’s efforts in developing Arctic shipping routes are at an initial stage, China and Russia are showing long-term vision in developing the Silk Road on the ice, Feng said.
Both countries share the need to diversify routes for shipping globally, and Russia, next to the Arctic Ocean, has some natural advantages in exploring the polar region, Feng said.
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President Xi Jinping greets visiting Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev at the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse in Beijing on Wednesday. Medvedev is on a three-day official visit.