As agreed by President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin and President of the People’s Republic of China Xi Jinping, 2018 and 2019 have been announced Years of Russian-Chinese Interregional Cooperation. The New Year messages, which the heads of the two states exchanged ahead of the holiday, announced the launch of this large-scale project.
The opening ceremony for the Years took place in Harbin on February 7. The event was attended by Deputy Prime Minister and Plenipotentiary Presidential Representative in the Far Eastern Federal District Yury Trutnev, Vice Premier of the PRC State Council Wang Yang, heads of several Russian and Chinese regions, ministries and agencies, public organisations and the media. Welcome addresses from President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin and President of the People’s Republic of China Xi Jinping were sent to the participants in the ceremony.
The current large joint project, which continues the practice of bilateral themed years that have been taking place since 2006, is meant to expand and consolidate mutually beneficial relations between Russian and Chinese regions. Several hundred events, such as exhibitions, conferences and festivals, are scheduled within the framework of the project. Additional opportunities for productive interregional contacts will be available at such important sites in Russia as the St Petersburg International Economic Forum, the Eastern Economic Forum in Vladivostok, and the Russia-China EXPO.