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Experts say change in US political course won’t affect Russian-Chinese ties

November 28, 2016, 17:57 UTC+3 BEIJING

The interests of Russia and China coincide on all issues regarding global security as well as social and political stability

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BEIJING, November 28. /TASS/. The coming shift in America’s political course that is expected to occur after Donald Trump takes office, will not have any significant effect on the relations between Moscow and Beijing, participants of the 14th Russian-Chinese Forum for Social and Economic Development told TASS on Monday.

"Relations between Russia and China are not likely to radically change since they have a long-term foundation, based upon numerous mutually beneficial common projects in the spheres of economics, politics and culture. The interests of Russia and China coincide on all issues regarding global security as well as social and political stability," Director of the Russian-Chinese Center for Comparative Social, Economic and Political Research Alexander Petrov said.

"The US is more likely to change its attitude towards the role of Russia and China in the modern global political system. After the presidential election, the US political elite may be inclined to recognize the need for close cooperation with Russia and China in solving most of the acute issues concerning global security, while the outgoing US administration’s policy was aimed at escalating tensions with Russia and China," he added.

Professor Feng Yujun of the Institute of International Studies at China’s Fudan University in Shanghai shares this opinion. "Relations between our countries have their own logic and rhythm, which is not easily affected by international events," he noted. "The mutual interconnectedness of our economies facilitates both countries’ development. I believe that after the US election, Russia-China relations will continue to advance based on the Russian-Chinese treaty on good-neighborliness, friendship and cooperation.

The 14th Russian-Chinese Forum for Social and Economic Development will run until November 29. A total of 40 Russian and Chinese experts, participating in the forum, are discussing national development strategies and the options to coordinate the Chinese One Belt, One Road strategy with the Eurasian Economic Union’s activities as well as ways to boost cooperation between Moscow and Beijing in light of global changes.

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