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Senator upbeat on enhancing Eurasian partnership between Russia and China

"China is not imposing its path and recipes of its development on anyone", head of the Russian Federation Council’s Committee on Economic Policy Dmitry Mezentsev said

BEIJING, April 28. /TASS/. Joint Russian-Chinese projects in the framework of the Eurasian Economic Union and the One Belt One Road initiative will be developed effectively and on an equal basis, Head of the Russian Federation Council’s Committee on Economic Policy Dmitry Mezentsev told TASS on Sunday.

"China is not imposing its path and recipes of its development on anyone and is inviting for possible cooperation by its own example," Mezentsev said. "I would like to highlight the great importance of those efforts, which leaders of the EAEU countries have been making on cooperation, establishing the new quality of relations between the EAEU and the One Belt One Road program."

Chinese President Xi Jinping has emphasized special importance of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s initiative on creating a large Eurasian partnership and this has huge prospects and a potential aimed for the coming dozens of years, he said.

According to Mezentsev, at the current stage of developing Russian-Chinese ties interregional cooperation is of vital importance. "It distinguishes the programs of cooperation with 51 Russian subjects, which have relations with all Chinese provinces without an exception. There are 360 pairs of sister cities, municipalities and regions in the system of contacts between Russia and China," he explained.

It’s vital to fill these agreements with real content, expand the sphere of cooperation in business, including through consolidating the efforts of enterprises at the expense of cooperation in the humanitarian and education areas, among museums and at the level of mass media and among millions of ordinary citizens, the senator said.

"Today, the development of integration processes in the framework of the EAEU in the post-Soviet space, all its aspects and relations under the auspices of the Chinese initiative, the establishment of a large-scale Eurasian partnership, the expansion of relations with the Shanghai Cooperation Organization’s countries and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations is a new quality, which characterizes the present day," the senator noted. "The focus, which we make on regional cooperation - respecting and studying the experience in the legislative drafting activity and law enforcement process, first of all in economic and social areas, what we are doing today, is of special importance."

This week a delegation of the Russian Federation Council’s Committee on Economic Policy visited Beijing at the invitation of the National People’s Congress, the Chinese People's Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries and the Russian-Chinese Friendship Society. The Russian lawmakers took part in the second international forum One Belt One Road on April 25-27 and had a number of meetings with their Chinese counterparts, holding a detailed discussion devoted to preparing a number of joint events.