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Chinese Prime Minister arrives in Russia

October 12, 2014, 9:36 UTC+3 MOSCOW
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MOSCOW, October 12. /TASS/. Chinese Prime Minister Li Keqiang is arriving in Russia on Sunday. About 50 inter-governmental, inter-agency and corporate documents are expected to be signed during Li’s visit to Moscow.

The visit’s key event is a meeting with Russia’s Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev due on October 13. The parties will discuss cooperation in trade, economy, investments, and energy as well as in the humanitarian sphere. Next day, October 14, Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev and Li will attend the III Moscow International Forum for Innovative Development “Open Innovations”. China is the forum’s partner country this year.

China’s premier will have meetings with speaker of the Russian Federation Council Valentina Matviyenko and speaker of the State Duma Sergei Naryshkin. Russia’s President Vladimir Putin may also have a meeting with Li.

Beijing hopes the visit “will favour improvement of the political trust, mutual support between Russia and China in sovereignty and territory integrity,” China’s Foreign Ministry said.

In an article published by Rossiiskaya Gazeta, Li said relations between China and Russia were entering a new stage.

“Being long-term, sustainable and strategic, Sino-Russian interaction based on friendship is not affected by any fluctuations in world affairs or by external factors… trade turnover between our countries reached a record level of $90 billion last year. China has been Russia’s major trade partner for the fourth consecutive year, and Russia has been ninth for China,” he wrote.

Li said that innovation cooperation had become a remarkable moment in Chinese-Russian relations and the two countries were now facing the task of changing the structure of economy and development model.

He said the time had come to increase the share of scientific and technical innovations in cooperation between the two countries and also expand joint work in such fields as high-tech machine-building, energy-saving technologies, environmental protection, bio pharmaceutics, information technologies, and financial services.

Li Keqiang visited Russia on April 26-30, 2012. At that time he was deputy premier.

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