Russian PM visits Xinhua to chat with Chinese netizens

 

 

 Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev (left) is welcomed by Li Congjun, president of

Xinhua News Agency, upon his arrival at Xinhua’s headquarters in Beijing on October 22, 2013.

Medvedev arrived here for an online chat with Chinese netizens via Xinhua’s official website

Xinhuanet.com.   Photo by Lan Hongguang

 

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev (left) joins in an online chat with Chinese netizens

via Xinhuanet.com, the official website of Xinhua News Agency in Beijing,  on October 22,

2013.   Photo by Xing Guangli

 

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev (left) joins in an online chat with Chinese netizens

via Xinhuanet.com, the official website of Xinhua News Agency in Beijing, on October 22, 2013.

Photo by Chen Yehua

 

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev (left) joins in an online chat with Chinese netizens

via Xinhuanet.com, the official website of Xinhua News Agency in Beijing, on October 22, 2013.

Photo by Lan Hongguang 

 

 

 

 

  Medvedev:

   China-Russian ties

  at unprecedented high

 

 

By Meng Na, Li Zhihui, Guo Likunk, Lin Jianyang, Li Laifang and Li Huizi

 

 

China-Russian relations stand at an unprecedented height driven by trade and energy cooperation, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said on Tuesday of October 22, himself a fan of ancient Chinese philosopher Lao Tze.

During an online chat with Chinese netizens on xinhuanet.com, the official website of Xinhua News Agency, Medvedev answered a wide range of questions concerning political, economic and cultural cooperation between the two countries.

While trade reached a record high of 88 billion U.S. dollars in 2012, the two countries plan to raise the volume to 100 billion dollars by 2015 and 200 billion dollars by 2020.

Both sides will improve cooperation in various fields, such as energy and the humanities, said Medvedev, who arrived in Beijing early Tuesday for a two-day official visit.

Prior to the session at Xinhua, Medvedev and Chinese Premier Li Keqiang co-chaired the 18th regular meeting of heads of government. They also witnessed the signing of an array of documents.

 

MORE OIL & GAS SUPPLIES

 

According to an agreement signed on Tuesday, Russia’s biggest oil company Rosneft will supply an additional 10 million tonnes of crude oil to China each year over the next 10 years. Medvedev said, “it means 100 million tonnes in the next 10 years, worth a total of 85 billion U.S. dollars.” China imported 24.33 million tonnes of crude oil from Russia in 2012.

The two countries will also construct a joint-venture oil refinery in Tianjin, which will be able to process 16 million tonnes of crude oil each year. China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC), the country’s largest oil and gas producer and supplier will hold a 49 percent stake and Rosneft the remaining 51 percent, he added.

Russia and China had also agreed on a price-setting formula for Russian gas, and are negotiating the price itself, he said. “Although this issue is relatively tough, we will reach consensus soon.”

On the nuclear front, the Russian prime minister said his country was willing to continue cooperation with China.

Tianwan nuclear power plant in eastern China’s Jiangsu Province, which now has four reactors, was a good example of bilateral cooperation over nuclear energy, he said.

 

WELCOME TO FAR EAST

 

He said Russia welcomed more Chinese investment in the Russian Far East and promised to protect foreign investors.

Chinese companies have begun developing the Russian Far East and both sides had many joint projects. Large Chinese companies mainly invest in energy, chemicals and mining, while medium and small companies largely did business in agriculture and other sectors, he said.

Russia will protect all foreign investors, including those from China, he said. “We won’t let foreign investors feel wronged. Otherwise, no one will come to the country to invest.”

Over the eight year period ending in 2012, direct foreign investment by Chinese companies in Russia increased 40 times to reach 4.9 billion U.S. dollars. In the first seven months of this year, the figure rose by another 250 million U.S. dollars, according to Tang Hua, an official with the National Development and Reform Commission, China’s top economic planning body.

 

EMERGING ECONOMIES CRUCIAL

 

Medvedev said emerging economies including BRICS nations are crucial for the future of the world economy. “If China, India, Brazil, South Africa and Russia can not contribute to the steady development of the world economy, nothing can be achieved.”

Russia’s largest trade partner, the European Union is facing economic recession. The situation of the U.S. economy is still not optimistic, he said.

BRICS nations and other emerging economies have difficulties, but their potential is great and offsets shortcomings of developed nations whose economies are “very dull,” he said.

“Without coordination in the international monetary system and financial institutions, we cannot succeed,” he said. “We will work hard to cooperate within various mechanisms, including the G20 and BRICS.”

 

HUMANITIES EXCHANGES

 

The 49-year-old prime minister is interested in Chinese culture ranging from Chinese movies to Chinese medicine and cuisine.

He was especially fascinated by Lao Tze, believed to be the founder of Taoism and the author of Tao Te Ching, the universal Taoist text book written more than 2,000 years ago with topics ranging from political advice to practical wisdom.

“Some of his tenets were quite profound,” Medvedev said. He quoted Lao Tze’s saying “He who controls others may be powerful, but he who has mastered himself is mightier still.”

“This is a very good saying. It can be applied to everybody and in every occasion in our life,” Medvedev said.

Since 2006, the two countries held reciprocal events, including the Year of Russia in China in 2006, the Year of China in Russia in 2007, language years in 2009 and 2010, followed by tourism years.

The two countries will launch the China-Russia Youth Friendly Exchange Year, he said.

When asked about the education cooperation, Medvedev said Russia has many “very good” colleges and universities. He welcomes those who are interested in Russian culture and science.

While talking about tourism, he said Russia will ensure that more Chinese have opportunities to travel in Russia and that more Russians travel to China.

He promised continuous improvement to the visa system.

At the end of the online chat, Medvedev presented a gift, an album of pictures he took during his tours around the world, including China.

He offered the gift to “Si Zhu” from east China’s Jiangsu Province whose question “could bring closer the peoples of the two countries,” though the prime minister said he liked all the questions from Chinese netizens.

 

 

 

 

 

 

>> Medvedev: Russia has good universities for Chinese students

By Li Huizi

Russia has many “very good” colleges and universities for Chinese students to choose from, said Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev on Tuesday.

These schools include some traditional universities, such as Russia’s most famous Lomonosov Moscow State University and St. Petersburg State University, which is one of the country’s oldest schools and Medvedev’s alma mater, the prime minister said.

These universities have a fine tradition of Russian and foreign language teaching, including Chinese, Medvedev said during an online chat with Chinese netizens via Xinhuanet.com, the official website of Xinhua News Agency.

He also mentioned Far Eastern Federal University, saying the school has a brand new campus in Vladivostok and offers sound conditions and a comfortable environment for learning Russian and foreign languages.

There are also many other universities for Chinese students to choose from, Medvedev said.

The prime minister said Chinese and Russian are “not the easiest languages in the world,” adding those who can speak Chinese are “respectable,” as it is a very old and difficult language with special characters.

Meanwhile, he said Russian learners can also learn Russian literature.  

 

 

 

>>  Medvedev: Russia welcomes more Chinese investment in Russian Far East 

By Lin Jianyang

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, who is on a two-day official visit to China, said Tuesday his country welcomes more Chinese investment in the Russian Far East and promised Russia would protect foreign investors.

“Russia and China have already become partners in the Russian Far East,” Medvedev said during an online chat with netizens from across China via Xinhuanet.com, the official website of Xinhua.

He said Chinese companies had begun developing the Russian Far East and both sides had many joint projects. Large-sized Chinese companies mainly invest in such sectors as energy, chemicals and mining, while medium- and small-sized companies largely did business in agriculture and other sectors, he said.

Medvedev promised Russia would protect all foreign investors, including those from China. “We won’t let foreign investors feel wronged. Otherwise, no one will come to the country to invest. We wouldn’t like to see such things happening,” he said.

Over the eight year period ending in 2012, direct foreign investment by Chinese companies in Russia increased 40 times to reach 4.9 billion U.S. dollars. In the first seven months of this year, the figure rose by another 250 million U.S. dollars, according to Tang Hua, an official with the National Development and Reform Commission, China’s top economic planning body.

 

 

 

>>  Medvedev: Rosneft to supply additional oil to China

By Lin Jianyang

Russia and China on Tuesday signed an agreement by which Russia will supply an additional 10 million tonnes of crude oil to China each year over the next 10 years, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said in Beijing.

“(We) will supply an additional 10 million tonnes of crude oil each year (to China), which will be done by Russia’s biggest oil company Rosneft. It means 100 million tonnes in the next 10 years, worth a total of 85 billion U.S. dollars,” said Medvedev, who is on a two-day official visit to China.

“It is a big sum of money to any country, even to China. It testifies to the fact that we have reached a higher and a brand new level of cooperation,” he said during an online chat with netizens from across China via Xinhuanet.com, the official website of Xinhua.

Energy cooperation is an important part of Russian-Sino cooperation, he said. “Russia has a lot of energy resources, while China is a huge market.”

Earlier in the day, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang and Medvedev co-chaired the 18th regular meeting between the Chinese and Russian heads of government to boost bilateral ties. They also witnessed the signing of an array of documents.

Another example of Russian-Sino cooperation, Medvedev said, is that the two countries will jointly construct a joint-venture oil refinery in Tianjin, which will be able to refine 16 million tonnes of crude oil each year.

“It is a high-tech project, which will employ the most advanced oil refinery technologies,” he said.

The Tianjin refinery is jointly set up by China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC), the country’s largest oil and gas producer and supplier, and Rosneft. CNPC holds a 49 percent stake while Rosneft holds the remaining 51 percent.

Chinese official statistics showed China imported 24.33 million tonnes of crude oil from Russia in 2012.

In June, CNPC and Rosneft signed a long-term agreement in St Petersburg for oil deliveries, involving supplies of 365 million tonnes of oil to China in the next 25 years, with an estimated value of 270 billion U.S. dollars.

Medvedev said Russia and China will also cooperate over natural gas supply. The two countries had agreed on a price-setting formula for Russian gas which is to be exported to China, and both sides were negotiating the price itself, he said.

“Although this issue is relatively tough, we will reach consensus soon. (Russia) will supply natural gas to China via a pipeline as soon as possible,” he said.

On the nuclear front, the Russian prime minister said Russian-Sino cooperation over nuclear energy had a bright future and Russia was willing to continue such cooperation with China.

Tianwan nuclear power plant in eastern China’s Jiangsu Province, which now has four reactors, was a good example of bilateral cooperation over nuclear energy, he said.

 

 

 

>>  Medvedev:  Measures to be taken to let more Chinese travel in Russia

By Meng Na

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said Tuesday that Russia will continue taking measures to ensure that more Chinese have opportunities to travel in Russia and that more Russians travel to China.

He promised continuous efforts to improve the country’s visa system.

Medvedev made the remarks in response to a question about simplifying the visa system during an online chat with Internet users from across China via Xinhuanet.com, the official website of Xinhua.

Medvedev arrived in Beijing early on Tuesday for an official visit to China at the invitation of Chinese Premier Li Keqiang. He came to Xinhua News Agency Tuesday afternoon to conduct the online chat with Chinese netizens.

 

 

 

>>  Medvedev: Emerging economies crucial for world economy

By Li Zhihui

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev on Tuesday said emerging economies including BRICS nations are crucial for the future of the world economy.

“If (BRICS nations of) China, India, Brazil, South Africa and Russia can not contribute to the steady development of the world economy, nothing can be achieved,” Medvedev said during an online chat in Beijing with Chinese netizens via Xinhuanet.com, the official website of Xinhua News Agency.

BRICS nations and other emerging economies have difficulties, but their potential is great and could offset shortcomings of developed nations whose economies are “very dull,” he said.

As Russia’s largest trade partner, the European Union is facing economic recession. The situation of the U.S. economy is still not optimistic, he said.

He noted the International Monetary Fund has cut its growth forecast for the world economy.

Growth was thought to be higher, but now the forecast is only set at 2 to 3 percent this year, he said.

“Without coordination in the international monetary system and financial institutions, we cannot succeed,” he said. “But we will work hard to cooperate within various mechanisms, including the G20 and BRICS.”

Medvedev arrived in Beijing early on Tuesday for an official visit to China at the invitation of Chinese Premier Li Keqiang.

 

 

 

 

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