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Vice-premier: China, Russia should prepare for further cooperation

Updated: Sep 7,2017 7:10 AM     Xinhua

Vice-Premier Wang Yang shakes hands with Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin on Sept 5, 2017.[Photo/Xinhua]

VOLGOGRAD — China and Russia should come up with new ideas and proposals for further practical cooperation, Vice-Premier Wang Yang has said.

He made the remarks during a chairmen’s meeting of the joint commission for regular meetings between the Chinese and Russian heads of government held on Sept 4 and 5. Wang co-chaired the commission with Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin from the Russian side.

The meeting was aimed at implementing the consensuses reached by President Xi Jinping and Russian President Vladimir Putin on enhancing mutual trust and deepening practical bilateral cooperation, during their fourth meeting this year in the Chinese city of Xiamen.

In addition, the joint commission chairmen’s meeting is preparing for a regular meeting of Chinese and Russian prime ministers scheduled for November, according to Wang.

The vice-premier said China-Russia relations have been developing at a high level in recent years, with bilateral cooperation in various areas making significant progress.

Wang said China remains Russia’s largest trading partner, and that bilateral cooperation in investment and infrastructure interconnectivity are expanding steadily.

According to Wang, major programs of strategic importance, including the Yamal liquefied natural gas exploitation project, wide-body airliner production, and construction of cross-border railway and highway bridges, are advancing. The two countries have also yielded early results from cooperation in the Arctic.

Rogozin said Russia is ready to work with China to strengthen their comprehensive strategic partnership of coordination.

During the meeting, both sides also exchanged views on cooperation in nuclear power, spaceflight, agriculture, the Arctic, civil aviation and the digital economy.