Chi­na-Rus­sia coo­p­e­ra­ti­on blos­soms in St. Pe­ters­burg

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RUS­SIA - Chi­ne­se Pre­mier Li Ke­qiang ar­ri­ved for a vi­sit in the Rus­si­an ci­ty of St. Pe­ters­burg last week­end, which has wit­nes­sed mo­re and mo­re joint eco­no­mic and cul­tu­ral pro­jects bet­ween the two coun­tries as they are dee­pe­ning coo­p­e­ra­ti­on in va­rious fields.

In 2005, the 1.3 bil­li­on-US dol­lar Pe­arl of the Bal­tic Sea pro­ject was laun­ched in St. Pe­ters­burg’s sou­th­west Kras­no­sels­ky dis­trict. Shang­hai In­du­stri­al In­vest­ment Co, Ltd. and se­ven other Chi­ne­se com­pa­nies par­ti­ci­pa­ted in the pro­ject, which has be­co­me Chi­na’s lar­gest non-ener­gy in­vest­ment pro­ject in Rus­sia. The Pe­arl of the Bal­tic Sea is a mo­dern mul­ti-func­ti­o­nal re­si­den­ti­al and com­mer­ci­al zo­ne, with a to­tal con­struc­ti­on area of 1.94 mil­li­on squa­re me­ters. Mo­re than 10 ye­ars la­ter, the Pe­arl of the Bal­tic Sea has be­co­me a well-known lo­cal brand. At the pro­ject’s 10-year an­ni­vers­a­ry ce­re­mo­ny, St. Pe­ters­burg Gover­nor Ge­or­gy Pol­tav­chen­ko said the Pe­arl of the Bal­tic Sea had bro­ken lo­cal ste­reo­ty­pes of re­si­den­ti­al dis­tricts by cre­a­ting an en­vi­ron­ment com­for­ta­ble for li­ving, work and lei­su­re. In 2015, Chi­na Com­mu­ni­ca­ti­ons Con­struc­ti­on Com­pa­ny (CCCC) com­ple­ted a 13.8 mil­li­on-cu­bic me­ter dred­ging ope­ra­ti­on pro­ject in the Bronka port in St. Pe­ters­burg. The cost of the work was ap­proxi­ma­te­ly 110 mil­li­on dol­lars. This is not on­ly the first dred­ging pro­ject in Eu­ro­pe un­der­ta­ken by Chi­na, but al­so an im­por­tant part of the Chi­na-pro­po­sed Belt and Road Ini­ti­a­ti­ve. The Belt and Road Ini­ti­a­ti­ve com­pri­ses the Silk Road Eco­no­mic Belt and the 21st Cen­tu­ry Ma­ri­ti­me Silk Road and as­pi­res to build a tra­de and in­fra­struc­tu­re net­work con­nec­ting Asia with Eu­ro­pe and Afri­ca along the an­cient Silk Road rou­tes. In or­der to en­su­re the com­ple­ti­on of the pro­ject, the CCCC gat­he­red eight dred­gers from fi­ve coun­tries in the Bronka port. The CCCC ma­na­ged to fi­nish the dred­ging ope­ra­ti­on ahead of sche­du­le, and the qua­li­ty of work was high­ly esti­ma­ted by Rus­sia. On Ju­ly 3, 2016, Be­ij­ing Jia­o­tong Uni­ver­si­ty, in col­la­bo­ra­ti­on with St. Pe­ters­burg Sta­te Trans­port Uni­ver­si­ty and Mo­scow Sta­te Uni­ver­si­ty of Rail­way En­gi­nee­ring, cre­a­ted the Chi­na-Rus­sia High-Speed Rail Re­search Cen­ter he­ad­quar­te­red in St. Pe­ters­burg. Chi­ne­se Vi­ce Pre­mier Liu Yandong said the cen­ter would ac­cu­mu­la­te know­led­ge from hig­her edu­ca­ti­on and re­search in­sti­tu­ti­ons, well-known en­ter­pri­ses and ex­perts from the two coun­tries. The cen­ter will fo­cus on key is­sues of high-speed rail de­vel­op­ment, and de­vel­op the sha­ring of re­search re­sults and joint trai­ning, she said, ad­ding that it will al­so pro­vi­de tech­ni­cal and in­tel­lec­tu­al sup­port to the Silk Road Eco­no­mic Belt and the Rus­sia-led Eu­ra­si­an Eco­no­mic Union (EEU). On the sa­me day, Be­ij­ing Uni­ver­si­ty of Tra­di­ti­o­nal Chi­ne­se Me­di­ci­ne es­ta­blis­hed the first le­gal­ly re­cog­ni­zed Chi­ne­se Me­di­ci­ne Cen­ter in Rus­sia -- al­so in St. Pe­ters­burg. It has al­rea­dy be­co­me very po­pu­lar among lo­cal re­si­dents. Cul­tu­ral ex­chan­ges are al­so suc­ces­sful: Pe­king Ope­ra and the­a­tri­cal per­for­man­ces can be seen in the most fa­mous the­a­ters of St. Pe­ters­burg, no­ta­bly Ma­ri­ins­ky and Alexan­drins­ky, and they are prai­sed by the Rus­si­an au­dien­ce. (Xin­hu­a­

Pre­mier Li at­tends sym­po­si­um on Si­no­lo­gy re­search, pe­da­go­gy in St.Pe­ters­burg, Rus­sia. (Pho­to: Xin­hua)

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