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The level of relations between Russia and China is currently the highest in the history of cooperation between the two countries
Confidence that the upcoming 20-21 may be the state visit of Russian President Vladimir Putin to Beijing, which he will make at the invitation of PRC Chairman Xi Jinping, will be one of the most fruitful in the history of cooperation between the two neighboring states, the Russian Academy of Sciences Yakov Berger, in an interview with Xinhua.
He noted that the level of relations between Russia and China is currently the highest in the history of cooperation between the two countries, and a comprehensive strategic partnership affects all aspects of life - economics, politics, culture, youth exchanges.
Answering the question whether both countries will be able to achieve breakthrough results in gas cooperation, negotiations on which have been going on for many years, J. Berger clarified that "the price of this energy remained a stumbling block in the gas agreement." “Personally, I think that the parties will be able to overcome this obstacle, because some kind of landmark breakthrough is needed. And such a sign will be a breakthrough in the energy, namely, in the gas sphere,” he suggested.
In his opinion, now China more than ever needs to strengthen the transfer of its energy to environmentally friendly types of energy, in particular, to gas. Since recently, even in recent months, it has become increasingly clear that the content of harmful substances in the atmosphere, particularly in the metropolitan area, reaches such a limit that it begins to threaten the life and health of people. And switching to less polluting fuels is part of the solution to this issue.
Russia, for its part, needs additional markets for gas sales both in Europe and Asia. “This does not mean that we are refusing supplies to Europe, where South Stream will go, but, nevertheless, it is also necessary to expand sales markets in Asia, in particular, in China. Therefore, as well as because it has a significant , and the specific meaning, then, I think that there will be a breakthrough, "said J. Berger.
The expert believes that the energy cooperation between the Russian Federation and the PRC "was, is and will be the most important for bilateral cooperation." And not only in the gas sector, but also in the supply and processing of oil, and in the field of nuclear energy - it is known that two nuclear power plants have been built, two more are being prepared - and in the field of other types of energy. This also applies to the supply of electricity from Russian territory to China, the construction of additional power plants, the use of non-carbon types of energy - wind, solar, and so on. “I think that the search both in the scientific and technical sphere and in terms of the concrete use of green energy resources is extremely important today,” said the chief researcher of the RAS IFES.
Assessing the prospects for the further development of Russian-Chinese relations, especially in connection with the emerging views of experts that Russia needs to "look more to the East" in view of the aggravation of the Ukrainian crisis, J. Berger noted that he would not associate such statements with Ukraine, since Russian President Vladimir Putin said much earlier about the need to move the strategic center of our interests to the East, to Asia. "The Ukrainian crisis, of course, adds even more motivation to strengthen our ties with the East, with various Asian countries, and first of all, with China," he concluded.