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Yuri Trutnev: the past model of the development of the Far East is not sustainable
Yuri Trutnev, Deputy Prime Minister and Plenipotentiary of the President in the Far Eastern Federal District, in an interview with the Kommersant Vlast magazine spoke about the changing development strategy of the Far East.
He explained that the previous development model, according to which goods are produced in the Far East, and then are transported for 9 thousand km to the west - "Completely insane and can not exist simply by definition".
"The APR is a very large region, and there are many opportunities there. There are Korea, Japan, Singapore, Indonesia and a number of other economically developed countries, so it's necessary to work with everyone, - said the Deputy Prime Minister.
Moreover, to date, the conclusions of the participants of the latest Abalkin readings in the Free Economic Society, based on numerical indicators of trade turnover, remain not comforting. Thus, 85% of Russia's foreign trade falls to the European Union and only 15% to the Asia-Pacific countries, of which 12% to China. And this despite the fact that China's trade with us is only 2% of their trade turnover.
Compared with the indicators of the first quarter of 2014, the trade with Asia in the first months of 2015 fell by 15%. "So, relations with Asia are also" subsiding "- the EastRussia correspondent was quoted as saying by experts.
However, Russian Deputy Prime Minister Arkady Dvorkovich believes that Russia and China are on the verge of a serious breakthrough in terms of investment, not trade cooperation. He stated this at the plenary session of the 12 Krasnoyarsk Economic Forum "Russia and the countries of the Asia-Pacific region: from the policy of integration to development projects".
According to him, China is Russia's largest partner in the East both because of the size of its housekeeper, and because Chinese investors are more active and faster than investors of other countries. At the same time, he added that the Chinese partners are consistent, take into account the demands of the other side and avoid conflicts. "We are ready to work with China on a parity basis: by 50% or 49% plus 51%. The Chinese side understands that it is more comfortable for us to work in this way and is meeting them halfway. I see no political restrictions and obstacles in working with Chinese investors ", - said Arkady Dvorkovich.
Of course, in turn, for the development of partnership relations will have to reckon with the traditions of doing business in Asian countries - says Yuri Trutnev. So, "Chinese business is accustomed to the fact that if they perform tasks of national importance, then the state in turn supports their preferences. And this is a natural process. At us so was not always and not in all directions », - he says. To date, the implementation of this condition should serve the adopted law on territories of advanced development.
According to Yury Trutnev, Chinese business is interested in cooperation in the energy sector, in the field of wood processing, construction of infrastructure. A wide range of issues related to the development of the Northern Sea Route is being discussed. Interested entrepreneurs and cooperation in the field of shipbuilding.