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Signed the Wuhan Sino-Russian agreement on the Great Tea Route to the World Heritage List

At a forum of mayors of Chinese and Russian cities along the Great Tea Route held on October 25, the "Wuhan Sino-Russian Agreement on the Application for Inclusion of the Great Tea Route in the World Cultural Heritage List" was signed, Xinhua News Agency reported.

According to the agreement, China and Russia, in accordance with the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization / UNESCO / Convention on the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage, intend to develop cooperation in the protection of historical monuments along the Great Tea Road, collecting historical materials, protecting intellectual property rights and filing an application to include the Great Tea Road on the World Cultural Heritage List.

The Sino-Russian Great Tea Way existed from 17 to the beginning of 20-th centuries. It passed through the Chinese provinces of Hubei, Henan, Shanxi, Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region and Russian cities Irkutsk, Novosibirsk, Kyakhta, St. Petersburg and was the most important economic and cultural channel on the Eurasian continent.

According to the Mayor of Wuhan Tan Lianzhi, Wuhan is currently the largest collection and distribution base for tea and the center of international tea trade. After the opening of Hankow in 1861 for more than 60 years, 60 percent of Chinese tea was exported through it, it became the starting point of the Chinese-Russian Great Tea Route, having played a historical role in the Sino-Russian tea trade. The joint recreation of the Great Tea Way is extremely important for Wuhan and Russia, whose friendly relations arose thanks to tea.

Ambassador of the Russian Federation to China A.I. Denisov believes that the Great Tea Road is the main channel for the supply of Chinese tea to Russia and the countries of Europe. Currently, there are more than 200 tea houses in Moscow alone. Strengthening the protection of historical monuments along the Great Tea Road is important for advancing all-round cooperation between Russia and China.

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