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Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the People's Republic of China to the Russian Federation Mr. Li Hui held a press conference in Moscow. Editorial EastRussia recalls her most interesting moments

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The main topic of the event was the visit of the President of the People's Republic of China Xi Jinping to Russia and his participation in the celebrations dedicated to the 70 anniversary of the Victory in the Great Patriotic War. According to the ambassador, this visit will strengthen the role of the Russian-Chinese partnership in the international arena.

Blood-bound friendship

At a press conference held in Moscow on the eve of the May holidays, Chinese Ambassador to Russia Mr. Li Hui said that President Xi Jinping will attend the events dedicated to the 70-year anniversary of the Victory in the Great Patriotic War. He will come to Russia at the invitation of Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Li Hui noted that this year Russia and China are holding a series of events to "jointly defend the results of the Victory": if Russia celebrates Victory Day on 9 May, Beijing will celebrate 3 September. The purpose of the events is aimed at "preserving the memory of the historical past, paying tribute to the fallen, cherishing the world and looking to the future."

Li Hui called the Victory in the Great Patriotic War "an important event in the development of Chinese-Russian relations this year," which attracts the attention of the international community.

"This visit is the first meeting of the heads of state of China and Russia this year, during which the parties will sum up the results achieved by China and Russia on strategic cooperation and practical cooperation in various fields last year, will determine the directions for further development of cooperation," the ambassador said. According to him, the participation of President Xi Jinping in solemn events on the occasion of the 70 anniversary of the Victory will confirm the high level and special character of the Chinese-Russian relations in the international arena.

"Once again, I will demonstrate the firm resolve and full confidence of China and Russia, as permanent members of the UN Security Council and the victorious countries in World War II, in the protection of world peace, stability and development, and will once again show that the peoples of China and Russia Boundlessly cherish friendship, fastened with blood, will confirm their mutual desire to create a beautiful future, "said Li Hui.

At a press conference, Li Hui touched on the role of China and Russia in the Great Patriotic War. If the Soviet Union played a decisive role in World War II, then resistance in China to the Japanese invaders became the main front in the East.

“The Chinese front, long resisted and shackled the main forces of militarist Japan, became a strategic factor supporting the actions of the Allied countries on the European and Pacific fronts, restraining the strategic interaction of the Japanese fascists with the German and Italian. The resistance of the Chinese people gave determination to the allied countries in the fight against the fascists, ”he said.

In addition, Li Hui strongly stated that China is "against any attempts to falsify the history of World War II, whose purpose is to challenge the post-war world order."

"It is disappointing that individual countries are not in a position to correctly assess and reconsider the history of external aggression and colonial domination. They are trying to erase the line between truth and lies, and war criminals are turned into heroes. In recent years, this situation has been exacerbated, "the ambassador said.

Trading on 100 billion

The second part of the press conference was devoted to economic issues. So, Li Hui said that Russian-Chinese relations today "are experiencing the best period in the history of their development." Their peculiarity is the absence of confrontation, non-directionality against third countries, mutual respect and support, joint development. In addition, as Li Hui stressed, China and Russia "are implementing successful practical activities for the formation of international relations of a new type, which are based on cooperation and win-win". This applies to many areas - for example, trade and the economy are developing very dynamically. Last year, according to the ambassador, the trade turnover between Russia and China reached 95 billion dollars, and this is a very high level. However, the potential of relations between the two countries can be even more revealed. "This year our task is to bring bilateral trade up to 100 billion dollars," Li Hui said.

Also in the immediate plans for cooperation between Russia and China - the conclusion of an agreement on cooperation on the Silk Road economic zone, the start of construction of a gas pipeline to China via the eastern route, the signing of an agreement on the western route of the gas pipeline and further strategic cooperation in the development of the Far East, including railway transport, enhancing border cooperation.

Asked by an EastRussia correspondent about how much China needs Russian gas (Some experts say that the Middle Kingdom does not need Russian gas, since the country will actively develop its own shale gas production, increase its imports, including from Central Asian countries; Others that the volume of Russian gas supplies to China will be comparable to supplies to Europe through 10-12), Li Hui replied that "gas cooperation is an important part of energy cooperation in general between China and Russia."

“As you know, China is a big consumer of oil and gas from Russia. Now not all parts of China use gas. But specifically, how much gas, how many cubic meters we need, while it is difficult to say. But I can say that China is a large and promising market, ”he stressed.

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