Russia and China will mark the seventieth anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations« Back
This year marks the 70th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Russia and China. The PRC and the USSR established diplomatic relations on October 2, 1949, and the Soviet Union became the first foreign state to announce recognition of the PRC. After the collapse of the USSR from December 1991, Russia under international law inherited the status of the former Soviet Union in the international arena. On December 27, 1991, the representatives of China and Russia signed a protocol of negotiations in Moscow, announcing the prolongation of diplomatic relations between the PRC and the USSR. A new period of development of relations between the two countries has begun.
The Russian-Chinese all-round strategic partnership has been around for quite a long time, and today it is safe to say that it has good prospects. States provide each other with social and economic support, as well as create a cultural base.
“China highly values relations with Russia, which are developing in the spirit of partnership and good neighborliness,” said Li Hui, head of the Chinese Embassy in Moscow.
It is not a secret to anyone that as a result of the aggressive nature of the political course of the Western countries, carried out over several years, Moscow and Beijing have become much closer. According to the diplomat, the West not only imposes economic restrictions, sanctions and trade wars. Attempts to drive a wedge between two states lie in the same plane. Periodically, the media appear panicky reports that the Chinese have seized or are planning to seize the entire Russian Far East. They say that Russian and Chinese interests collide in third countries.
Li Hui assured that nothing like this happens. According to him, the people of the People’s Republic of China are not going to move to other countries for permanent residence. Of course, many go to work abroad, but after a few years they all return home.
In Russia, there are more than one thousand two hundred enterprises with the participation of the Chinese side. More than fifty percent of them are joint.
The head of the Chinese diplomatic mission added that 2018 was the first “cross-year” year of interregional cooperation, and 2019 would be its continuation.
This year, the countries continued to develop business cooperation. In the near future, the construction of two bridges across the Amur River will be completed: one of them, an automobile one, will connect Blagoveshchensk and Heihe, and the other, railway, Nizhneleninskoe and Tongjiang. In the energy sector, by the end of the year, construction is expected to be completed and the Power of Siberia gas pipeline will be launched, which will allow gas to flow from East Stream to China. Gazprom and CNPC worked together on the project. After the opening of this gas pipeline, Russia will become the largest gas supplier to China, and this means that the formation of the Russian-Chinese “energy union” is proceeding successfully.
According to the Russian ambassador to the PRC, Andrei Denisov, the political dialogue between the countries has always been distinguished by a confidential and constructive character. He recalled that last year, the leaders of the states held four full-format meetings. In June, Vladimir Putin made a state visit to China, and also took part in the XVIII meeting of the Council of Heads of State of the SCO. In September, PRC Chairman Xi Jinping visited Vladivostok, where he participated for the first time in the Eastern Economic Forum as the main guest. Two more meetings were held on the margins of international forums - on July 26 during the BRICS summit in South Africa and on November 30 in Argentina, where the G20 summit took place.
“Since the election of Xi Jinping as the PRC Chairman in 2013, our heads of state have already met 27 times. I would like to emphasize that none of these meetings were of a “protocol character”. Each time these are substantive, detailed conversations on the most pressing issues on the bilateral agenda and international affairs. Therefore, I am sure that in 2019 this practice will be continued, ”said Denisov.
The leaders of Russia and China have already agreed to hold their first meeting in April of this year. Vladimir Putin will arrive in Beijing to participate as the main guest in the high-level international forum “One Belt - One Way”. And in June, President Xi Jinping, in turn, will visit Russia and will be the main guest of the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum. It is expected that the contacts of the leaders of the two countries will also take place at the SCO sites in Kyrgyzstan, the G-20 in Japan, BRICS and APEC in Brazil and Chile, respectively.
“As you can see, the contact schedule is very dense and rich. Moreover, in 2019 we will celebrate an important date - the 70th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations with China. This is a landmark event, especially if we recall that our country recognized the young People’s Republic of China on the second day after its formation. Of course, in the framework of the celebration of this anniversary, large-scale bright events will take place, ”promised Denisov.
Russia and China hope for a successful continuation of the cooperation. Political stability and sustainable economic growth are in the interests of both parties. 2019 is very important for Sino-Russian relations. According to experts, the increase in the volume of mutual contacts between the two countries, the implementation of the “One Belt, One Road” concept in the Far East will definitely bear fruit.