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Sanakoyev: Believe me, there is still a mutually beneficial cooperation, from which all win
The presentation of the Russian-Chinese Analytical Center was held in Moscow. The new structure will not only make forecasts and expert assessments, but also provide practical assistance to the most important projects of bilateral relations - from socio-economic to cultural ones.
Russian-Chinese deja vu
The Russian-Chinese Analytical Center presented in the Red Hall of the Hotel Metropol - not so much in the pathos, but in a very symbolic place. 14 February 1950 year in Moscow between the PRC and the USSR was signed the Soviet-Chinese "Treaty of Friendship, Alliance and Mutual Assistance." In honor of signing the document in the hotel "Metropol" on behalf of the leader of the PRC Mao Zedong, who was in the capital, a reception was arranged. The leader of the USSR, Joseph Stalin, who never accepted such invitations, showed respect for Mao, the first time he agreed to attend festivities outside the walls of the Kremlin.
After 65 years, this historic place was again filled with a friendly and solemn atmosphere. High guests from Russia and China, including heads of large companies, representatives of government departments, experts from research institutes, discussed no less important tasks of bilateral partnership.
“Recently, we often hear from the press such a term as the“ eastern reversal ”. I think this is not the right term, and if we are talking about the eastern vector of Russia's development, let me remind you that this was defined more than 3 years ago when we said that we need to develop our Far Eastern region. We were then preparing for the APEC forum. And of course, this was a very good direction, and we all took it as a guide to action, ”said the new Center’s head, Sergey Sanakoev. He stressed that "then there were no sanctions, no Ukrainian issue."
Sanakoev recalled that as a result of the recent visit of Chinese President Xi Jinping to Moscow on the occasion of the celebration of the 70 anniversary of the Victory in the Great Patriotic War, dozens of agreements were signed that significantly raised the level of interaction between Russia and China. “The level we have reached is the result of many years of painstaking systematic work by specialists from the two countries, and also has nothing to do with the conjuncture of the day,” he said.
Vice-President of the Russian Council on International Affairs Alexander Dzasokhov noted that the creation Russian-Chinese Analytical Center fully consistent with the strategic objectives, developed by Xi Jinping and Vladimir Putin.
"We are interested that important forums for the future (BRICS and SCO, which will be held in Ufa)Russian-Chinese Analytical Center - author's note), business ties are good, "Dzasokhov said. - The creation of the Eurasian Economic Union, the entry into force of this grandiose project is a phenomenon of exceptional importance and perhaps the main one this year, and therefore we all, of course, in Russia, above all politicians, were pleased that the Eurasian Union (I I speak broadly and figuratively in this sense) and the economic Silk Road. It will be just such a synergistic pooling of the capabilities of our two countries. "
The bilateral format, according to Dzasokhov, is the main one between Russia and China, so we must perceive it as a reality, that the leadership of the states will interact on the world agenda. "The Asia-Pacific region (APR) is very well named. Long before we were told that the 21 century is the century of the Pacific, and the APR confirms this, "the expert concluded.
Sergey Sanakoev continued the topic of bilateral cooperation, noting that he was often asked who would benefit from Russian-Chinese cooperation, who would benefit from it — Russia or China.
"It's terrible that people imagine it that way. Believe me, there is still a mutually beneficial cooperation, from which all win. And it was this strategic partnership that was conceived more than 20 years ago by the greatest diplomats, "said the organizer of the historic reception and gave the floor to the first secretary of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, Zhang Deguang. His speech was expressive. According to Mr. Deguan, many countries thought that the interaction between Russia and China would be a "temporary marriage", counting on differences in history and the Far East.
"I am very glad that Putin and Xi Jinping agreed on cooperation between the Eurasian Union and the Silk Road. In the West, many people said that it is on this issue that our countries will disperse. But we will cooperate with it even more, "he said.
Find the “middle ground”
The Expert Council of the Russian-Chinese Analytical Center will be headed by the acting President of the Russian Federation. Director of the Institute of Far Eastern Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Doctor of Historical Sciences Sergei Luzyanin. He picked up the idea of Mr. Deguan, saying that among the signed 8 by May by Vladimir Putin and Xi Jinping 37 documents - one very important, which is not yet fully understood.
"They are still talking about him. This creation on the basis of co-development, ownership, jointing - as you like - "One belt, one way," the base is the SCO (Shanghai Cooperation Organization - approx.) plus the Eurasian Economic Union, "- said Luzyanin. The expert noted that "before our eyes a political demand has been made for the formation of a new Eurasian, Russian-Chinese" Heartland ", a new Eurasian Russian-Chinese joint space. How to do this is a separate topic. To do this, hundreds of micro and macro projects are needed, hundreds of macroeconomic, regional and social studies are needed for this. That's why the format of this Center is created, when we flexibly and quickly attract mobile groups from leading experts of the Institute of the Far East, from the Institute of Asian and African countries, from other universities, from MGIMO centers, RAS centers, to give management practical results, how to start the implementation of this global project, "- he outlined the task of the new structure.
"We can say that the main line (both political and scientific) is, of course, a systematic comprehensive study of the acceleration and deepening of the Russian-Chinese strategic partnership. It seems to me that it is necessary to avoid, on the one hand, certain inaccuracy and, perhaps, some old, not very flexible approaches of the past and the current fussiness and conjuncture that spoils the matter. We need to find a "golden mean" ", - considers Luzyanin.
Sergey Sanakoev spoke about the projects that the Russian-Chinese Analytical Center plans to develop with China and other countries of the Asia-Pacific region in the very near future. Thus, the Center will be engaged in conducting applied research, making forecasts and expert assessments of the political, economic, social and cultural processes and trends in the region. In addition, the Center will provide practical assistance to major bilateral cooperation projects, such as the construction of infrastructure facilities - bridges, roads, ports, transport hubs, terminals and technology parks, attracting investment in Torah and SEZs. He will also be engaged in projects in the field of culture and sports.
“We see that we need to do not only scientific research, but also concrete practical matters, especially in the field of infrastructure construction, including road construction, so that we can see how goods, services, and resources are moved, and here we have a huge amount of work . Now the construction of the Nizhneleninskoe-Tongjiang bridge is underway; construction of the high-speed highway Moscow - Beijing, part of Kazan - Moscow has already begun construction. This industry is coming to the forefront of leadership in our cooperation, ”Sanakoev stressed.
He especially noted the project "Eastern Gate". "It's about creating, actually changing the appearance of Vladivostok, creating a transport hub that changes the face of the center," he said, noting that the project is the end point of a high-speed train from China to Vladivostok via Suifenhe, and it is implemented jointly with the Railways and with the support of Senator Vyacheslav Fetisov. No less interesting project is, according to Sanakoyev, the TOR "Nadezhdinskoye" and the transport and logistics complex in Vladivostok, implemented to promote the Ministry of Regional Development. "This conditional name" Eastern Gate "shows where the right entrance to the Eurasian space of the Silk Road", he said.
Sanakoev noted that among the important events of this year, in which the Russian-Chinese Analytical Center will take part, are the Eastern Economic Forum in Vladivostok, the Forum "Russia and China: Development and Prospects" in Sochi, the International Art Forum: "The Great Silk Road - Dialogue of Civilizations and Cultures, organized under the auspices of UNESCO and the government of Moscow.