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Russian presidential administration head to meet Chinese vice president

July 10, 2014, 10:42 UTC+3 BEIJING
The Kremlin official stated that Russian-Chinese relations “are developing very positively”
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Head of the Russian presidential administration Sergei Ivanov

Head of the Russian presidential administration Sergei Ivanov

© ITAR-TASS/Valery Sharifulin

BEIJING, July 10. /ITAR-TASS/. Head of the Russian presidential administration Sergei Ivanov, who is on a three-day visit to China, on Thursday will visit the city of Guiyang in the southwest of the country. He plans a meeting with Chinese Vice President Li Yuanchao there.

On Friday, July 11, Sergei Ivanov will attend the Eco-Forum Global Annual Conference (EFG) that is opening in Guiyang. This event if devoted to issues of changing the traditional approaches to production and consumption from the positions of environment protection. The forum’s annual conferences are attended by the current and former high-ranking political leaders, heads of major companies, scientists, including Nobel Prize winners. The forum is supported by the United Nations, UNESCO and a number of other organisations.

On Wednesday, July 9, Sergei Ivanov held in Beijing meetings with Chinese President Xi Jinping and Head of the General Office of the Communist Party of China Li Zhanshu. During the meetings, the parties stressed the special nature of the two countries’ interaction. The Kremlin official stated that Russian-Chinese relations “are developing very positively,” and the Chinese leader stressed that contacts with Russia have the strategic interaction nature.

Sergei Ivanov has become the first head of the presidential administration of a foreign country who was received at the General Office of the Communist Party of China. Li Zhanshu in this connection expressed confidence that with Ivanov they “will build together a bridge between the two administrations in order to ensure more direct contacts between the leaders of our states.”

Ivanov also had a conversation with students studying Russian at the Russian Language Learning Centre at Beijing Foreign Studies University. The meeting was held in an informal atmosphere - at the table with samovars, gingerbread and cracknels. The Russian presidential administration head welcomes the study of Russian by Chinese students, calling it a very promising step in connection with the active development of co-operation between the two countries in various spheres.

After a brief address the Kremlin official during an hour’s tea-drinking was answering questions of Chinese students on various aspects of Russia-China relations. In particular, Ivanov said the unification of the Silk Road with Russia’s Trans-Siberian Railway (TransSib) and Baikal-Amur Mainline (BAM) promising and also reminded the conversation partners of the forthcoming beginning of the construction of the Power of Siberia pipeline for the supply of gas to China and told them about the project of an automobile road from China through Kazakhstan and Russia to the Baltic Sea.

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