Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping (R, front) shakes hands with Sergei Darkin, governor of Russia's Primorsky region, in Vladivostok, Russia, March 20, 2010. (Xinhua/Rao Aimin)
Visiting Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping held a symposium here on Saturday, vowing to further implement a consensus of the leaders of China and Russia to boost interregional cooperation of the border areas between the two countries.
During the symposium, focused on means of boosting China-Russia interregional cooperation and attended by senior officials and business representatives, Chinese Vice Commerce Minister Gao Hucheng introduced the general situation of China's economic and trade cooperation zones outside its territories.
Gao said that the ever expanding China-Russia interregional cooperation in recent years has become an important part of bilateral cooperation between the two countries.
An outline of regional cooperation between Northeast China and the Russia's Far East area and Eastern Siberia, which was approved by presidents of both countries in 2009, served as guidelines for the China-Russia interregional cooperation and was of great significance to the two countries' cooperation of the neighboring areas, said the Chinese official.
Xi, who arrived here Saturday for a five-day official visit to Russia, said choosing the Russian Far East area as the first leg of the Chinese delegation's Russian tour was meant to carry out in depth the consensus of the two countries' leaders and further implement the outline to boost the interregional cooperation between the two sides to a wider and deeper level.
Gao said the China-Russia Ussuriysk economic and trade cooperation area, the first of its kind invested by China in the Russian territories, has become a model of interregional cooperation between the two countries.
The Chinese side has invested some 290 million yuan (some 43 million U.S. dollars) in the economic and trade cooperation area in Ussuriysk, the second largest city in the Russian Primorsky Territory, and set up 80,000-square-meter workshops and 30,000-square-meter services areas.【1】 【2】 【3】