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.
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.