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Relations of Yakutia and China can reach a higher level

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Aisen Nikolaev discussed issues of cooperation between Yakutia and China with the Consul General of the Russian Federation in Harbin, Vladimir Oschepkov.

Issues of cooperation between Yakutia and the regions of the People’s Republic of China were discussed in Moscow at a meeting of the head of Yakutia, Aisen Nikolaev, with the head of the department of trade, economic and humanitarian cooperation with the People's Republic of China of the First Asian Department of the Russian Foreign Ministry, Consul General of the Russian Federation in Harbin (PRC), Vladimir Oschepkov.

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First of all, Il Darkhan congratulated Vladimir Platonovich on his appointment to the key position, expressing confidence that he would worthily continue the traditions of the Yakut diplomats, the press service of the head and government of the region reports.

The Consulate General of the Russian Federation in Harbin was opened by order of the country's government two months ago, and Vladimir Oshchepkov, PhD in Political Science, a career diplomat, again a native of Yakutia, was newly approved the Consul General of China, who has served in the Russian MFA system for more than 20 years.

The head of Yakutia stressed that in connection with the active development of Russian-Chinese trade and economic ties, the opening of the Russian Consulate General in the border zone will help expand cooperation between Russia and China.

The parties noted that the relations between the two countries reached the historic level and are characterized by a formula of strategic partnership. "At present, Russia has such relations with China, as perhaps with no one any other foreign country. The indicator is the volume of mutual trade. Last year, this figure was more than 108 billion dollars," reported Vladimir Oschepkov.

Yakutia has also contributed to the development of bilateral trade and economic relations. The Republic of Sakha (Yakutia) and China have long-standing good-neighborly relations, and more recently, cooperation has become more intense.

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Aisen Nikolaev stressed that the development of relations between Yakutia and China can be raised to a higher level, expanding mutually beneficial cooperation in all key areas of the economy. The head of the largest entity of the Russian Federation was personally convinced of this in September last year on the sidelines of the Eastern Economic Forum, meeting with the leaders of the major Chinese companies. Thus, at the round table of the leaders of the regions of Russia and China, the leader of Yakutia presented the construction of the Lena Bridge, a key infrastructure hub of the Northern Latitudinal Transport Belt, an access to the Northern Sea Route. Aisen Nikolaev mentioned the already implemented and planned joint large and small projects. Very soon, along the Power of Siberia gas pipeline from the fields of Eastern Siberia, Russian gas will be transported both to the domestic market and to the PRC. Gas from the Chayandinskoye field of Yakutia will be the first to be transported through the Power of Siberia gas pipeline.

Aisen Nikolaev and Vladimir Oschepkov link further expansion of cooperation with the holding of the 6th Russian-Chinese EXPO in Harbin in June, where Yakutia is declared as an honorary guest of this large-scale event. This platform will allow the republic to present its investment potential and lay the foundation for new relations with China, Aisen Nikolaev expressed confidence.