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Putin, Chinese deputy PM hope Russia and China work fruitfully in Far East

September 04, 2015, 8:37 UTC+3 VLADIVOSTOK

The Chinese delegation at the Eastern Economic Forum includes ten ministers and four governors

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VLADIVOSTOK, September 4. /TASS/. Russia’s President Vladimir Putin hopes for interest from Chinese counterparts to economic opportunities of the Russian Far East.

"We hope our Chinese counterparts pay interest to the projects and opportunities we are offering here in the Russian Far East," he said during a meeting with China’s Deputy Prime Minister Wang Yang on the sidelines of the Eastern Economic Forum and expressed hope the guest from China had studied already the projects Russia is offering in the region.

Putin said he would have a constructive exchange of opinions  with the Chinese deputy prime minister on how the countries may implement the projects in the Far East.

The Russian leader arrived in Vladivostok from Beijing, where he took part in the celebration of the 70th anniversary of victory in World War II.

"I must say, China had a very beautiful, large-scale and very important event, which reminded us of the tragedy of World War II, of heroism of the Chinese people and of our combat brotherhood."

"With our friend and counterpart, China’s President Xi Jinping, we have discussed the entire complex of cooperation between China and Russia, and in that context the cooperation between China and Russia seems very attractive, promising and important," Putin said.

Wang Yang, in his turn, commented on Putin’s speech at the forum’s plenary session, where, he said, the Russian leader presented "detailed projects of a large-scale character."

"Your speech to a big extent added to the confidence in future," Wang Yang added. He said Xi Jinping paid special attention to the economic forum. "Thus comes his decision to send me over as head of the delegation to participate in the forum."

The delegation, he continued, included ten ministers and four governors.

"Besides the governmental officials, the delegation also features representatives of businesses: this time more than 60 leading Chinese companies are represented here - their joint revenues last year exceeded two trillion dollars, which is almost 25% of China’s GDP," Wang Yang said.

"I believe after your speech our Chinese companies will only add to their confidence in further successful cooperation in development of the Far East, and they will undertake realistic steps to promote joint projects," he said.

"Tomorrow jointly with Deputy Prime Minister Trutnev I will have the first meeting of the Cooperation Council between regions of the Russian Far East and Chinese North-East, and I am ready to apply all efforts to implement the agreements, reached by leaders of our countries," he added.

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