Silk Road through the Arc­tic is pro­posed

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - XI'S VISIT - By AN BAIJIE in Moscow an­bai­jie@chi­nadaily.com.cn

Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping called on Tues­day for co­op­er­a­tion on the Arc­tic pas­sage with Rus­sia to help jointly build a Silk Road through the ice.

Xi made the re­mark dur­ing his meet­ing with Rus­sian Prime Min­is­ter Dmitry Medvedev at the Krem­lin in Moscow on his two-day state visit to Rus­sia.

Xi also called for the im­ple­men­ta­tion of projects to boost in­ter­con­nec­tion.

Call­ing Rus­sia an im­por­tant part­ner in advancing the build­ing of the Belt and Road, Xi said that the two coun­tries have huge po­ten­tial and a bright fu­ture in prag­matic co­op­er­a­tion.

Both should ex­pand co­op­er­a­tion in ar­eas such as the econ­omy, trade, in­vest­ment and en­ergy; im­ple­ment ma­jor co­op­er­a­tion projects in man­u­fac­tur­ing; and en­hance high­speed rail co­op­er­a­tion, Xi said. He also called for more ef­forts to push for­ward the con­struc­tion of the Moscow-Kazan high-speed rail project as soon as pos­si­ble.

The two coun­tries should deepen lo­cal-level co­op­er­a­tion, and give pri­or­ity to work­ing to­gether in cross-bor­der in­fra­struc­ture con­struc­tion, re­source ex­ploita­tion, mod­ern agri­cul­tural meth­ods and pro­duc­tion ca­pac­ity, he said.

The two coun­tries should also ex­pand peo­ple-to-peo­ple ex­changes in ed­u­ca­tion, cul­ture, sports, tourism and me­dia, Xi said.

He said China is con­fi­dent of work­ing with Rus­sia to deal with global chal­lenges.

They should stick to mu­tual sup­port and mu­tual open­ness, ex­pand co­op­er­a­tion to cre­ate a good en­vi­ron­ment for the de­vel­op­ment of their re­la­tions and use more power to main­tain world peace and sta­bil­ity, Xi said.

Medvedev said that Moscow would like to ex­pand co­op­er­a­tion with Bei­jing in such ar­eas as trade, in­vest­ment, fi­nance, en­ergy, agri­cul­ture, air­craft man­u­fac­tur­ing, in­fra­struc­ture and the Arc­tic pas­sage.

The Rus­sian prime min­is­ter ex­tended a warm wel­come to Xi, say­ing that the Rus­sia-China re­la­tion­ship has reached a high point in its his­tory.

Not­ing that Rus­sian Pres­i­dent Vladimir Putin at­tended the Belt and Road Fo­rum for In­ter­na­tional Co­op­er­a­tion in Bei­jing in May, Medvedev said that Rus­sia is will­ing to co­op­er­ate with China to im­ple­ment rel­e­vant key projects.

The Rus­sia-China Com­pre­hen­sive Strate­gic Part­ner­ship of Co­or­di­na­tion is good for the in­ter­ests of the peo­ple of both coun­tries, and also good for global peace and de­vel­op­ment, he said.

REUTERS

Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping and Rus­sian Prime Min­is­ter Dmitry Medvedev speak about the need to im­prove in­ter­con­nec­tiv­ity, in­clud­ing high­speed rail con­struc­tion, dur­ing their meet­ing on Tues­day in Moscow. Xi also pro­posed work­ing with Rus­sia to de­velop the Arc­tic pas­sage into a new Silk Road.

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