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Russia, China to discuss cooperation in Arctic

A special working group will meet on May 30-31

YAKUTSK, May 4. /TASS/. Forms and mechanisms of the Russian-Chinese cooperation in the Arctic region would be on agenda of a special working group’s meeting due in Yakutsk on May 30-31, head of the region’s foreign relations department, Vladimir Vasilyev, told TASS on Friday.

"We know that China has adopted the Arctic strategy recently - the countries want to discuss how their Arctic policies will develop," he said, adding the region is prepared to host about 40 Russian and Chinese officials.

According to him, the parties will touch upon potential projects in the Arctic.

"This working group will have its first meeting, and we are happy Yakutsk will host it," he told TASS. "The Chinese side is very interested in the Northern Sea Route, in issues related to renewable energy sources, and to the Arctic ecology.".