SHENYANG (Liaoning Province, China), September 26 (Itar-Tass) — The prospects for further deepening cooperation between the regions of Russia and China will be in the focus at the 6th Northeast Asia Economic Forum 2012 that is opening in Shenyang (administrative centre of the north-eastern province of Liaoning) on Wednesday. The first such forum was held in 2007, but this year for the first time it is fully focused on the promotion of regional cooperation with Russia.
“In the context of economic globalisation and regional economic integration, trade and economic cooperation of Northeast Asian countries is of particular importance. The active search for ideas for the development of such cooperation has become a reasonable choice, which will facilitate the coordinated and sustainable development of the regional economy,” it is said in press release from Shenyang mayor Chen Haibo that was provided to journalists. The document also stresses that the forum “promotes the creation of a broad platform for contacts, cooperation and mutually beneficial development of regions and cities in Northeast Asia countries.”
The Shenyang administration head believes that the current forum is especially important in light of the Joint Declaration on further deepening the comprehensive equal partnership of trust and strategic cooperation that was signed in June 2012 between the leaders of Russia and China, as this document expresses support for regional cooperation between Russia and China. In this connection the forum is part of the efforts to implement the agreements reached by the two leaders.
The forum is held with support of the People's Government of Shenyang, the relevant Chinese ministries and the Russian Embassy to China. Its organisers are the Shenyang People’s Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries and the RF Consulate General in Shenyang.
The forum participants, in addition to representatives of the business circles of the two countries, are delegations from the administrations of Irkutsk, Vladivostok, Ulan-Ude, Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky, Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk, Khabarovsk and others. President of the Business Council of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) Dmitry Mezentsev, who from January 1, 2013 will take over as Secretary General of the organisation, is expected to attend the forum. Taking part in the forum from the Chinese side are also the heads of administrations of several dozen cities of the north-eastern province of Liaoning.