Source: President of Russia – The Kremlin – English
President of Russia Vladimir Putin: Good afternoon, colleagues, friends,
I would like to welcome you all to Vladivostok. My friend President Xi Jinping and I embraced the opportunity to hold a meeting in order to bring together some of the regions that cooperate with each another.
We have already several dozen regions on each side that are involved in interregional cooperation, and we attach great importance to these undertakings. Today, President Xi made this clear during our restricted and expanded format meetings. We are now presented with a wonderful opportunity to listen to our colleagues from the regions in Russia and the People’s Republic of China.
I suggest that we proceed in the following manner: we will give you the floor, we will hear what you have to say, and then President Xi and I will make closing remarks.
Vladimir Putin: Colleagues, friends,
Allow me to say a few words too.
Your detailed presentations and the information you shared on interregional cooperation was very interesting. I think that having a meeting in an expanded setting of this kind is very beneficial, since this offers us an opportunity to discuss topical matters related to promoting interregional cooperation, as well as a chance to discuss prospects for further strengthening direct ties and promoting joint business projects, paving the way to enhancing humanitarian ties.
Interregional cooperation is an important element of the Russia-China comprehensive strategic partnership, and also helps strengthen relations between our countries.
President Xi and I have always supported closer interregional contacts, and are committed to doing so moving forward. This applies to the initiative of holding the Year of Russian-Chinese Interregional Cooperation.
Several hundred events are expected to be held as part of this large scale project, launched in Harbin in February. In particular, the First Interregional Cooperation Forum, attended by more than 200 delegates, was held in July in Yekaterinburg on the sidelines of the Fifth Russia-China Expo.
To be continued.