BEIJING, May 14. /TASS/. Russian President Vladimir Putin said at a meeting with Prime Minister of China’s State Council Li Keqiang that the growth trend in bilateral trade and economic relations should be maintained.
"As for bilateral relations, they are developing successfully and consistently. We are glad that thanks to the efforts of the governments of both countries - the Russian government and your leadership - we have not only overcome the decline in trade and economic relations but have also embarked on a growth trajectory," Putin said.
"It is important for us to keep this trend. I hope that our today’s meeting will contribute to this," the Russian president said.
China-Russia trade will grow to $80 billion by the end of the year, Chinese Commerce Ministry spokesman Shen Danyang told TASS on the sidelines of the One Belt, One Road forum on Sunday.
"In the first four months of this year, the Russian-Chinese trade grew at a very fast pace and its turnover increased by 26% to almost $25 billion. Based on these figures, we can say that the volume of bilateral trade can reach $80 billion by the end of the year," the spokesman said.
Bilateral trade is growing in both directions, both exports and imports," he said.
"Russia’s exports to China increased by 33% in January-April while the deliveries of Chinese goods to Russia expanded by 22% The deliveries of foodstuffs from Russia to China are growing at the quickest pace. Due to the fall of world prices, China has also started to build up the imports of energy products from Russia," the spokesman said.
"As for the Chinese exports, they have grown considerably due to online trade," Shen Danyang said.
Russia-China trade grew by 2.2% on an annual basis last year to $69.52 billion. Trade between Russia and China expanded by 26.2% in the first four months of this year to $24.73 billion.