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Yang Jiechi Holds Meeting and Jointly Attends First Meeting of Council of Cooperation Between the Upper and Middle Reaches of the Yangtze River and the Volga Federal District with Plenipotentiary Representative of the Russian President in the Volga Federal District Mikhail Babich
2016/07/20

On July 19, 2016 local time, State Councilor Yang Jiechi and Plenipotentiary Representative of the Russian President in the Volga Federal District Mikhail Babich held meeting in Ulyanovsk, Russia and jointly attended the 1st meeting of the council of cooperation between the upper and middle reaches of the Yangtze River and the Volga Federal District.

Yang Jiechi pointed out that under the strategic guidance of President Xi Jinping and President Vladimir Putin, China-Russia comprehensive strategic partnership of coordination is maintaining a high-level operation. Local cooperation is a key area of bilateral practical cooperation. Both sides should actively apply the experience from the "Yangtze-Volga" pattern confirmed by the two heads of state to continuously expand the content and enrich the connotation of local cooperation. Both sides decided to lift the Local Leader Symposium mechanism between the two regions to a council of cooperation between the two regions, marking a brand new development stage of cooperation between both regions. The two sides should actively participate in, collaborate and support cooperation in major projects between both countries, enhance cooperation in production capacity and equipment manufacturing, prioritize high-tech and innovation cooperation, and conduct closer people-to-people and cultural exchanges and cooperation, so as to promote more fruitful results from cooperation between the two regions.

Mikhail Babich expressed that satisfactory achievements from cooperation between Volga Federal District and upper and middle reaches of the Yangtze River are sound implementation of the consensus reached by both heads of state and reflection of the development level of bilateral relations. Russia is willing to continuously deepen bilateral communication and cooperation in such areas as economy, trade, science and technology, production capacity, tourism, culture, education and youth.

Yang Jiechi and Mikhail Babich jointly signed the Regulation of Council of Cooperation Between the Upper and Middle Reaches of the Yangtze River and the Volga Federal District as well as minutes of the meeting, and witnessed the signing of multiple cooperation documents between the two regions.

Both sides also jointly visited the photo exhibition of "Amazing Anhui".

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