Russian President Vladimir Putin will meet with Chinese President XI Jinping on April 26 in the forum of “One belt and one road” in Beijing. The talks between the leaders of the two countries will be of great importance for a project at the interface of EEU and the silk road, experts say. According to analysts, Putin and XI Jinping to discuss the development of transport communication between Russia and China, the transition to national currencies in mutual settlements, the supply of liquefied natural gas from Russia to China, the fight against the sanctions policy of the United States and the crisis on the Korean Peninsula.

  • Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chinese President XI Jinping
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Vladimir Putin is visiting China where he will stay for two days — 26 and 27 April. He will take part in the forum of “One belt and one road”, and will meet with XI Jinping. Said this yesterday to journalists by the assistant to the Russian leader Yury Ushakov.

“All bilateral contacts will be April 26 — quoted Ushakov TASS. — The first and, of course, the most important is the talks with the Chinese leadership, with President XI Jinping”.

As noted earlier, the Russian Ambassador to China Andrei Denisov, the upcoming meeting of Putin and XI Jinping will be the 28-th.

The Russian leader arrived in the capital of China from Vladivostok, where on April 25 held talks with the head of DPRK Kim Jong Inom. As reported Yuri Ushakov, in Beijing, Vladimir Putin can expect a Packed program.

In particular, the Russian President together with the President of China will perform at the opening ceremony of the forum on “One belt and one road”. Vladimir Putin will tell about the Russian vision of the integration processes in Eurasia and the importance of creating a Eurasian Union.

“Also the President will address the issue of construction of the Great Eurasian partnership”, — said Yuri Ushakov.

In addition, on the first day of the forum in China, Putin will hold bilateral meetings with presidents of Azerbaijan, Serbia, Egypt and Cyprus — Ilham Aliev, Aleksandar Vucic, Abdel Fattah al-Sisi and Nicos Anastasiades and foreign Minister of Myanmar Aung San Suu Kyi.

During the visit of the Russian President in Beijing, as informed journalists Yuri Ushakov, the Chinese side is planning to give Vladimir Putin an honorary doctor of Tsinghua University. A graduate of this University, is XI.

Recall that the second international forum of “One belt and one road” held in Beijing from 25 to 27 April. It will be attended by 38 heads of States and governments.

“We will continue to seek consensus”

Question mates projects of the Eurasian economic Union (EEU) and the Chinese initiative “One belt and one road” will be key in the upcoming negotiations of the Russian and Chinese leaders, said Yuri Ushakov.

According to him, April 26, Vladimir Putin and XI Jinping will discuss a “pairing of the Eurasian economic Union and the Economic belt of the silk road, the question of the operationalization of the Great Eurasian partnership together with the EurAsEC, and the SCO and ASEAN.”

The official representative of Commerce of China Gao Feng almost a week before the meeting they call this area of cooperation is promising.

“This will increase investment flows between the two countries will expand the scale of bilateral strategic cooperation, more intensive will flow interaction at the level of regions,” said Gao Feng.

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According to him, relations between Russia and China in economic and trade fields will only strengthen.

“If we analyze the situation from the beginning of 2019, we can conclude that trade and economic cooperation between China and Russia can not be alleviated in the future will only be even more dynamic and intense,” — TASS quoted him as saying.

The upcoming visit of the Russian President in Beijing says first and foremost that Russia still seeks to maintain close cooperation with China and cherishes them, said the Director of the Center for Chinese studies and integrated regional projects MGIMO Alexey Voskresensky.

“The sides will discuss the implementation of the project to interconnect the Eurasian economic Union and Chinese regional projects. Russia and China will continue to seek consensus in this direction”, — the expert said in an interview with RT.

In his opinion, the draft both parties are interested.

“Russia, it will help to ensure a stable and dynamic economic growth in the EEC. China, in turn, intends to promote its goods to the Eurasian economic Union, which the Republic is especially true in terms of US sanctions pressure,” said Voskresensky.

Additional dividends

According to Yuri Ushakov, the talks between the Russian and Chinese leaders will also discuss bilateral political, trade-economic and humanitarian cooperation. However, it will be signed several documents on economic cooperation.

The reason, as explained by the assistant to the Russian leader, that will be held in June state visit to Russia XI Jinping, to mark the 70th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations with China. The main documents on the development of relations between Russia and China had agreed to sign it in early summer, in a more solemn atmosphere than the conditions allow, the Beijing forum.

As noted by Alexey Voskresensky, Putin and XI Jinping may affect the implementation of the project “Power of Siberia” and Russian LNG supplies to China.

“Moscow and Beijing for the upcoming meeting is likely to discuss the price of natural gas that will be exported to Russia via the Eastern route. Russia is expanding trade in liquefied natural gas in China, and this segment will also be of interest to our Chinese colleagues at the summit,” — said Voskresensky.

According to him, the increase in Russian LNG supplies to China involves the development of high technology and as a result, additional dividends from commercial activities.

Gazprom and China national petroleum Corporation CNPC signed a contract for the supply of Russian natural gas in may 2014. The document envisages exports to China 38 billion cubic meters of gas per year. It is also planned that the pipeline will be designed to fill the station for the production of LNG for export.

Russia can become a leader among suppliers of natural gas to China, due to the launch of the project “Power of Siberia” at the end of this year. This was stated on April 19, the Russian Ambassador to China.

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In addition, China and Russia cooperate in the field of production of liquefied natural gas. So, CNPC owns 20% of shares of OAO “Yamal LNG”.

“In 2018, he (“Yamal LNG”. — RT) has reached full capacity of 16.5 million tonnes of liquefied natural gas per year, the company made its first deliveries to China, India, Spain and Brazil,” — said earlier, Prime Minister of Russia Dmitry Medvedev.

“Cooperate more effectively”

According to experts, the delegations of Russia and China will discuss the development of transport between the two countries, including construction of appropriate infrastructure and implementation of direct air transportation.

In early April, Chinese authorities announced the promotion of works on commissioning of the bridge across the Amur river.

“To date, the whole object is completed. In a next step, the bridge will lay the rails,” notes on the administration website of the province of Heilongjiang, which borders Russia.

According to the Ministry, the construction will allow China, Russia and Mongolia to cooperate more actively. In particular, we are talking about the formation of a joint economic corridor in the three countries.

The bridge connects the village of Nizhneleninskoye in the Jewish Autonomous region and the city Tongjiang County in the North-East of China, its length is over 2 km away.

In addition, China is interested in expanding air service with Russia. So, in February, party Secretary of Sanya city Thun Doci announced the government’s intention resort of Hainan province to increase the number of direct flights between China and Russia.

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“We attach great importance to direct communication with Russia. In the future we plan to open direct flights with an even greater number of Russian cities. This Saint Petersburg, Kazan, Irkutsk, Ufa, Surgut, Yakutsk and others,” said the Secretary.

Are now eight direct flights from Sanya to Russian cities.

As the President of the Russian-Chinese analytical center Sergei Sanakoyev, Putin and XI Jinping to discuss the prospects of increasing the number of direct air routes between Russia and China, as well as problems that prevent this.

“The Chinese side constantly prodded to expand the network of air links with Russia through the creation of new routes. Chinese carriers are ready to cooperate in this field, without looking at the utilization level, while Russian companies now can not afford,” — said Sanakoev in conversation with RT.

However, in his opinion, the parties have every chance to resolve these difficulties and to increase the number of direct routes.

“Through the establishment of joint airlines of the regional level can solve these problems. Such structures on the basis of the Shanghai cooperation organization would create even more extensive air transportation”, — explained the expert.

Sanakoev added that the issues of construction of transport infrastructure linking Russia and China, require further discussion. In his opinion, this would allow the parties to “cooperate in this area even more effectively.”

Strategic advice

The Russian President and the Chinese President can discuss at the upcoming meeting and issues of the international agenda, in particular against the sanctions policy of the United States and the crisis on the Korean Peninsula, analysts said.

As the press service of the Kremlin, the talks between Vladimir Putin and XI Jinping will be “discussed issues of further development of Russian-Chinese comprehensive partnership and strategic cooperation, topical regional and international issues”.


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According to Sergey Sanakoev, the probability that at the summit Putin and XI Jinping could discuss the issue of denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula are extremely high. The Chinese President will be the first with whom Vladimir Putin will meet after talks with North Korean leader Kim Jong-UN in Vladivostok.

Moscow and Beijing play a leading role in resolving the crisis in the region by supporting a number of joint projects South Korea and the DPRK, said Sanakoev.

“Thanks to the initiatives of Russia and Russian-Chinese cooperation we are talking about such unique projects as the railway’s TRANS-Korean railway, bridge, construction of a gas pipeline through North Korea to South Korea. All this leads to the integration processes, allowing to speak about the revival on the Peninsula of the world, which require countries of the region and the whole planet,” — said the expert.

According to him, the Russian-Chinese approach has nothing to do with the actions of Washington that Pyongyang’s blackmailing and threatening to destroy North Korea if it will not be to eliminate nuclear weapons.

“Dialogue with Kim, Putin and XI Jinping is much more friendly and cooperative, than the President of the United States Donald trump. Russia and China could agree on the upcoming meeting on concrete steps to resolve the crisis on the Korean Peninsula, as well as on how to ensure peace in the region” — said Sanakoev.

But because Moscow and Beijing can work together to save the situation on the Korean Peninsula after the recent failed summit, Donald trump and Kim Jong-UN in Hanoi, he said.

  • DPRK leader Kim Jong-UN
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“The world should not be held hostage to the dangerous situation on the Korean Peninsula due to the fact that trump could not agree with Kim and failed negotiations in Vietnam. Russia and China are not going to watch from the sidelines as the crisis will become even larger scale, Putin and XI Jinping will take the initiative in their hands,” — noted Sanakoev.

He also added that the two leaders will discuss possible methods of dealing with sanctions the actions of the West against Russia and China.

“Russian and Chinese sides will negotiate how to resist hostile attacks of the US and its satellites. In particular, speech can go about the transition to national currencies in mutual settlements, the creation of a common Internet systems and cloud technologies”, — concluded Sanakoev.