Putin orders construction of world’s longest bridge.
RT.com 24 Jul, 2018 12:52
Russian President Vladimir Putin has instructed the government to work out a plan to construct a bridge connecting Sakhalin Island in the country’s Far East with mainland Russia.
“The question of building a bridge between Sakhalin and the mainland has long been discussed, for decades. It has long been a dream of the people living on the island,” Putin said at a meeting with Sakhalin Governor Oleg Kozhemyako on Tuesday. Putin said he instructed the Russian government to work on the feasibility of the project.
The Russian president noted that this would make life easier for people: “You can come, leave at any time of the year, in any weather.” Sakhalin is the only remaining region in Russia without a land connection to the mainland. Crimea was recently connected when Europe’s longest bridge was built in May.
Building a bridge to Sakhalin will be much more difficult and expensive, since the bridge will be 580km long with railroad links and other infrastructure. The project will require building three main and more than 10 additional spans, and will cost several billion dollars.
The population of the island has dropped by more than 30 percent to just shy of 500,000 people in the last 25 years due to the remoteness of the region and lack of a proper connection with mainland Russia.
In an even more ambitious project, Russia earlier proposed building a bridge connecting Japan’s Hokkaido to the south of Sakhalin Island. The two bridges would make Japan a continental state.
Russia building gigantic railroad artery to connect Arctic regions.
RT.com 25 Jul, 2018 11:34
An additional 686km of railroad will soon link Russia’s Arctic regions. The railway will provide logistics for the Northern Sea Route to boost commerce between Europe and Asia and Russian energy projects in the Arctic.
The project, named the Northern Latitudinal Railway, is planned to be completed by 2023, authorities say. It requires the building of 350km of track and modernizing the existing infrastructure. The volume of traffic on the route is estimated at 23.9 million tons a year.
The Northern Latitudinal Railway will connect Russia’s Ural and West Siberian regions with the Northern Sea Route and prepare the ground for additional big out-shipments through Arctic waters. The project’s cost is estimated at around 200 billion rubles ($3.6 billion).
The railway is crucial for another Russian mega-project in the Arctic. The Northern Sea Route, which stretches the entire length of Russia’s Arctic and Far East regions, is expected to become a major trade route for goods shipped between Europe and Asia.
The Arctic route from Southeast Asia to Europe cuts transportation time in half compared to traditional routes through the Suez and Panama canals. In Soviet times, it was used mainly to supply goods to isolated settlements in the Arctic.
With the collapse of the Soviet Union, the Northern Sea Route was opened for international cargo traffic. However, President Vladimir Putin has said the country is weighing a ban on foreign-flagged ships from the strategically critical route across Russia’s Arctic waters.
Belarus-China visa-free agreement comes into force.
Xinhua | 2018-08-11 05:22:46 | Editor: Liangyu
MINSK, Aug. 10 (Xinhua) -- The intergovernmental agreement on visa-free travel between Belarus and China came into force on Friday.
From now on, Belarusians can stay in China without a visa for up to 30 days in one trip, but not more than 90 days a year. The same rule applies to Chinese citizens.
If a person wants to stay in the country for more than 30 days or engage in educational and professional activities, he or she needs a special visa. Visa-free travel covers private trips, business trips and tourist trips.
The Belarusian authorities expect that the implementation of the agreement will significantly increase the number of Chinese tourists to Belarus, and will be an important factor in the development of tourism infrastructure.
The intergovernmental agreement on mutual visa-free travel for ordinary citizens of the two countries was signed in China's Qingdao on June 10 during Belarusian President's working visit to China.
Kindergarten children dressed as ISIS militants for Indonesian independence day parade.
RT.com 20 Aug, 2018 19:29
Children at an Indonesian kindergarten were dressed up in ISIS-style costumes and given rifle replicas to hold during an independence day parade, prompting raised eyebrows and an apology from event organizers.
Photos and videos of the parade, which appeared online, show lines of girls dressed in head-to-toe black veils while carrying cardboard-cutout guns. When asked to explain the decision, TK Kartika kindergarten head Hartatik apologized “deeply” and insisted that they were not trying to “instill violence” in the young girls, but simply raising “the theme of the struggle of the Prophet to increase faith and devotion to Allah.”
Hartatik said the school, which is located on the site of an Indonesian military complex, had chosen the strange attire to save money by using things the school already had on hand — but did not explain why the props had been needed in previous years. The school “never thought” about the impact, because “the important thing is to take part in the parade, that the children were happy,” Hartatik said.
At a media conference called to explain the incident, Probolinggo military commander, Lieutenant Colonel Kav Depri Rio Saransi, said the intention was just to educate children about the “struggle of Islam” but was not radical in nature.
“There is not the slightest bit of radicalism. I emphasize that purely there is no such thing as an element of intentionally showing the existence of radical activities,” he said.
The furor surrounding the children’s parade even prompted the House speaker in the Indonesian parliament to denounce it as an “inappropriate spectacle” which gives a “poor perception” and could “damage children’s ideas.”
‘Who are you to warn us?’: Duterte hits back after US warning to stay away from Russian arms.
RT.com 20 Aug, 2018 21:24
Philippine President, Rodrigo Duterte, slammed Washington for telling his country what weapons to buy, but appeased the Americans by saying that the submarines it may purchase from Russia won’t be used against them.
Duterte was outraged by last week’s statement from US Assistant Secretary of Defense for Asian and Pacific Affairs, Randall Schriver, who said that the Philippines “should think very carefully” about acquiring Russian subs and other weapons as it would jeopardize the alliance between Washington and Manila.
“Why? Did you stop other countries? Why are you stopping us? … You’re warning us, who are you to warn us?” the Philippine leader said during a speech in Davao City on Friday as cited by the Inquirer.net website.
He challenged Schriver to repeat the same warning to his face, saying: “You meet me in a forum. You state your case why you are against my country acquiring (a) submarine. You give me the reason why and make it public.”
“Is that how you want to treat an ally? And you want us to stay with you all the time?” Duterte wondered, adding that he was eager to ask US President Donald Trump the same questions “if I get to see him.”
He blamed the US for trying to keep the Philippines “backward” in terms of defense capabilities. “Vietnam has seven [submarines]; Malaysia has two; Indonesia has about eight. We’re the only ones without [submarines I the region],” the President argued.
However, the President calmed Washington by saying that “we are not using it [submarines] against you. Neither can we use it against China or anybody else because we are under-armed.”
Duterte also criticized the Americans for selling refurbished helicopters to Manila, some of which, he said, have already crashed, while such countries like Russia and China simply donated used equipment to the Philippines and “never asked us even for a paper clip.”
Moscow and Manila have signed a military cooperation agreement last year, with Russia already supplying over 5,000 Kalashnikov assault rifles to Philippines for free to help it fight an Islamic insurgency.
Duterte’s government is also considering the purchase of submarines, patrol boats, helicopters and armored vehicles from Russia.
In early August, Philippine Foreign Minister, Alan Peter Cayetano, vowed that the US pressure won’t see the country giving up on Russian arms purchases, calling it “a test of our resolve for an independent foreign policy”.
Washington recently tried to persuade India and Turkey to refrain from buying Russian S-400 air defense missile systems, but was told that it wasn’t its business by both New Delhi and Ankara.
‘The CIA is listening & may kill me’: Duterte mulls ditching his smartphone.
RT.com 22 Aug, 2018 02:00
Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte is thinking of dumping his smartphone over fears that the CIA is constantly eavesdropping on his conversations and might use his private information to eventually assassinate him.
“I know, the US is listening. I’m sure it’s the CIA, it’s also the one who will kill me,” Duterte said in Cebu City on Tuesday, rejuvenating fears that Washington may seek his demise over his independent foreign policy and willingness to obtain weapons from other global suppliers.
To avert possible smartphone intrusion by outside powers, which Duterte said could include "Russia, China, Israel, and maybe Indonesia,” the 73-year-old leader is considering going back to using a basic cellphone, with which eavesdropping and interception is harder.
Noting that he is not a tech-savvy leader, he anecdotally recalled how he once sent a confidential message to all of his Viber contacts after accidentally clicking the “send all” feature.
Duterte has long feared that the CIA might be out for vengeance amid deteriorating bilateral ties with Washington. Just last Friday, Duterte once again noted that the CIA “wanted me dead.”
Washington’s refusal to sell assault rifles to Manila, over concerns about the country’s human rights record amid its ongoing war on drugs, has forced Duterte to seek new suppliers. Manila, which has long depended on the US for weapons, turned to China and Russia to fill the gap.
Moscow and Manila signed a military cooperation agreement last year, with Russia already supplying over 5,000 Kalashnikov assault rifles to the Philippines for free, to help it fight Islamist insurgency. Despite pressure from the US, Duterte’s government is also considering the purchase of patrol boats, helicopters, armored vehicles and even submarines from Russia.
On Tuesday, Duterte once again defended his choice to seek new arms suppliers, after US Assistant Secretary of Defense for Asian and Pacific Security Affairs Randall Schriver asked Manila to think “very carefully” about the consequences of acquiring Russian weapons. “You’re not just buying capability, you’re investing in a relationship,” Schriver noted earlier this month.
US-Philippines relations, however, have never been based on mutual respect, Duterte stressed, noting Washington's failure to treat Manila as an equal partner.
“Relations? When was it really a relation of mutuality and respect?” Duterte asked, stressing that while the US used to provide refurbished military equipment China and Russia offer brand-new supplies, without preconditions.
Duterte rejects ‘imposed friendship’ & questions US reputation as 'peerless' arms supplier.
RT.com 24 Aug, 2018 00:36
Despite getting no guarantees that Philippines' colonial-times 'friend' the US would ever supply him with weapons, President Duterte says he’ll meet top US officials, who want to stop him from buying arms from Russia and China.
"It's hard to say we are friends. We are friends but remember we are friends because you made us a colony years ago...It was not a friendship agreed-upon, mutually satisfying... It was a friendship imposed on us," Duterte said in Davao City after reading out a letter he received from Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Defense Secretary James Mattis, and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross.
In the letter, the US top officials praised the "enduring partnership built on shared history and values" and urged a meeting with the Philippines leader to convince him to buy American defense equipment. In particular, they brought up the potential sale of F-16s and helicopters, which the US officials believe the Philippines army desperately needs.
Duterte, however, slammed US bureaucrats for "dangling" their "advanced" military technology which has no use for his country. "What I need are just propeller-driven planes for anti-insurgency. We don't have any other enemies – NPA, ISIS, Abu Sayyaf. We don't need F16 and yet they dangle [it] before us after they insulted us," he said.
Noting that the US often supplies refurbished, used and written-off arms to their "partners," Duterte recalled how they once sold Manila a batch of six helicopters, three of which crashed and killed soldiers. "We bought six helicopters. They said they're refurbished, they were used by NATO. Apparently, they were overused," the Philippine president said. "Three of the helicopters crashed, killing all my soldiers...now you are talking about procurement."
"Prove to me first that you are in utter good faith," Duterte added, noting, however, that hardly any guarantees would be good enough when US lawmakers can block arms supplies whenever they please. "I would like to remind America all of them...how sure (are they) that I will be able to get what I bought?"
The president agreed to meet the trio, but refused to travel to the US, stressing there "will never be a time I would go to America." But any talks, Duterte said, would only be possible when Washington returns three Balangiga bells, taken by the US Army as war trophies following the Balangiga massacre in 1901, during the Philippine-American War (1899-1902). After Spain ceded its longstanding colony in the Philippines to the United States, Washington only granted independence to Manila in 1946, following World War II. This month US lawmakers reportedly assured the Asian country that the bells will be returned.
"If the Balangiga bells are not returned, we don't have anything to talk about," Duterte said, stressing that the memory of the bells "still haunts everybody here because it was taken with blood and lives."
Washington's refusal to sell assault rifles to Manila, under the pretext of concerns about the country's human rights record amid its ongoing war on drugs, has forced Duterte to seek new suppliers. Manila, which has long depended on the US for weapons, turned to China and Russia to fill the gap. While both countries already supplied Manila small arms, Duterte's government is also shopping on the market for patrol boats, helicopters, armored vehicles and even submarines.
Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana was reportedly in Russia this week, where he discussed the possible purchase of subs and other defense equipment. Noting that Manila is still "shopping and has yet to decide where to buy [submarines]," Lorenzana told reporters on Thursday that South Korea "is a candidate too."
"But the Russian-made is better and more expensive," Lorenzana said. "We are not a very rich country, we may opt for a more affordable platform. We'll see, the jury is still out."
The Mattis-Pompeo-Ross reconciliatory letter was sent after Assistant Secretary of Defense, Randall Schriver, carelessly warned Manila to think "very carefully" about the consequences of acquiring Russian weapons. "You're not just buying capability, you're investing in a relationship," Schriver said earlier this month, triggering uproar from Duterte.
Last Edit: Aug 26, 2018 7:16:17 GMT -5 by TsarSamuil
Shipping giant Maersk to transport its first cargo via Russia’s Arctic sea route.
RT.com 22 Aug, 2018 07:27
The world’s biggest carrier of seaborne freight, Maersk Line, is set to send its first cargo from east Asia to Europe via the Arctic Ocean, using Russia's Northern Sea Route.
Later this month, the company’s new ship ‘Venta Maersk’ will reportedly take the Northern Sea Route after leaving the Russian port of Vladivostok. It will sail through the Bering Strait and over the top of Russia to reach St. Petersburg by the end of September.
“This is a trial designed to explore an unknown route for container shipping and to collect scientific data,” said a statement from the company. “Currently, we do not see the Northern Sea Route as an alternative to our usual routes.”
The Northern Sea Route is expected to become an alternative to Egypt’s Suez Canal as one of the key global shipping arteries connecting Asia to Europe. The Arctic route could reduce journey time by up to two weeks, but sailing through Arctic waters is still unfeasible without using an icebreaker.
According to the Danish group, the ice-class ship, which is able to carry roughly 3,600 containers, is designed to withstand water temperatures as low as minus 25 degrees Celsius. The crew of the ‘Venta Maersk’ have reportedly been trained to cope with exceptionally harsh conditions.
The company is reported to have no plans for commercial services on the Northern Sea Route, which is accessible only during three months of the year. Maersk will need to channel more investment into special vessels designed to handle Arctic conditions.
Post by TsarSamuil on Aug 31, 2018 13:17:44 GMT -5
Orient express: Japan tests freight transportation across Russia via Trans–Siberian Railway.
RT.com 29 Aug, 2018 10:12
Test shipments of Japanese goods to Russia using a sea link and the longest railway line in the world, the Trans-Siberian Railway, began Wednesday in Yokohama, Japan.
“This is a significant event for Russia and Japan. The project literally ties our two countries together,” Deputy Minister of Russia’s Economic Development Sergey Gorkov told TASS.
He expressed confidence that the project “will become a symbol of Russian-Japanese friendship and a bridge between our countries.”
Japan’s Deputy Minister of State Lands, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism, Toshihiro Matsumoto, noted that the Trans-Siberian Railway (TSR) has a great development potential for both Russia and Japan.
“We believe that Japanese companies are interested in using this route, and I hope that we will reach a deeper understanding between the carriers of the two countries in the process of implementing this pilot project,” he said.
The shipments will be carried out in containers fitted with temperature, humidity and vibration sensors.
According to Russian Railways (RZD), the first 40-foot container has been dispatched this month from the Japanese port of Kobe to the port of Vostochny in Russia’s Primorsky Krai.
The container is planned to be transported further by rail to Russia’s Kaluga region and after the customs clearance procedure it will be finally delivered by road to the Moscow region. The approximate delivery date is 1 September 2018, which will result in a total travel time of just 14 days.
The next test shipment from Japan to Russia along the Trans-Siberian Railway is scheduled for 31 August 2018, according to RZD.
Current freight transport between Japan and Russia mainly uses sea and air routes. It takes between 53 and 62 days to ship freight from Japan to Moscow using a sea route that crosses the Indian Ocean. The new freight route via the railway will significantly cut transportation time between the two countries and costs could be reduced by up to 40 percent.
The Trans-Siberian Railway connects Moscow with the Russian Far East with a travel time of seven days. It is 9,289 km (5,772 miles) in length and spans a record eight time zones.
US military blocks proposed railway linking North & South Korea.
RT.com 1 Sep, 2018 03:18
US military officials have put the brakes on a proposed rail project that would connect the Korean Peninsula, underscoring growing differences between Washington and Seoul on engagement with the hermit kingdom.
The governments of the two estranged nations were set to begin preliminary plans for the rail link last week, but their application to send a train from Seoul across the length of North Korea was denied by the US-led United Nations Command. The multinational military body, which traces its roots back to the Korean War, controls movement across the demilitarized zone which separates North and South Korea.
The decision is the latest illustration of Washington’s hardline approach to dealing with Pyongyang. The US has demanded full denuclearization as a prerequisite to any economic cooperation with North Korea, while Seoul has taken a less extreme stance, favoring constructive engagement with its northern neighbor. South Korean President Moon Jae-in had expressed hope that the rail link would be completed by the end of the year.
Moon has invested considerable political capital into improving inter-Korean relations and has signaled his desire for large-scale investment in North Korea once sanctions are lifted.
Post by TsarSamuil on Sept 2, 2018 23:23:35 GMT -5
US human rights allegations against China incite Muslim extremism – govt paper.
RT.com 2 Sep, 2018 02:37
The recent request by some US lawmakers to sanction Chinese officials over their alleged abuse of the Muslim minority in Xinjiang can be seen by extremists as a call to action, China's state-run tabloid said.
The Global Times, an influential Chinese tabloid, published by the Communist Party's Peoples' Daily newspaper, warned Washington against applying its "west-centered" value system to the situation in Xinjiang, an autonomous territory in northwestern China and a home to Uyghurs, China's largest Muslim minority group.
The region has grappled with ethnic violence over the years, with a series of riots between Uyghurs and Han Chinese that broke out in July 2009 and left nearly 200 people dead and hundreds injured. In recent years, the violence has subsided, with critics of the Chinese government accusing it of a massive crackdown on dissent. According to a recent UN panel report, that included placing some 1 million Uyghurs in "counterextremism centers" and even more in "reeducation camps."
In its editorial on Saturday, the Global Times attributed unrest in the turbulent region to "external factors," accusing the US of adding fuel to the fire of ethnic tension. On Wednesday, a group of US lawmakers, led by Senator Marco Rubio and Representative Chris Smith, co-chair of the Congressional Executive Commission on China, penned a letter to US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, urging them to slap senior Chinese officials with sanctions under the Magnitsky Act. Rubio and Smith believe the officials to be responsible for "arbitrary detention, torture, egregious restrictions on religious practice and culture" and other alleged mistreatment of Uyghurs.
The Magnitsky Act, initially passed by the US government in 2012 to punish those it considered to be behind Russian accountant Sergey Magnitsky's death in a Russian jail, was expanded in 2016 ostensibly to fight corruption and human rights violations on a global scale.
"Western accusations of Xinjiang governance seriously misled the extremists, making them believe they were launching religious Jihad and won sympathy and support from Western and international society," the tabloid stated, calling out the West for disregarding the situation on the ground with its "empty statements about human rights."
"Such empty talk inspires extremists, which meets the purposes of some Western politicians trying to undermine the governance achievements in Xinjiang and push the region into turmoil."
Unlike the one promoted by the West, the Chinese idea of human rights is "rooted in the reality of Xinjiang and supported by most developing countries," the tabloid argues, noting that the overriding goal of the region's administration is to keep it from descending into chaos again, which is in the interests of most of its residents as well.
"Whether Xinjiang governance abuses human rights must be judged by whether its results safeguard the interests of the majority in the region," the article stated.
"No external force is allowed to make decisions for them. They have the support of the Chinese people," the publication concludes.
Former US diplomat Jim Jatras believes that while human rights issues are a real thing for China, Washington seeks to exploit them for its own ends.
"There are violations of certain standards of human rights that the Chinese may engage in," he said. "That is double the case when the country feels that it has an insurgency within its borders. I'm not saying that these violations may not be taking place, what I'm saying is that these are probably being exaggerated very selectively for protocol purposes by people in Washington."
One possible explanation is that possible sanctions are another avenue of economic attack against China, said Jatras, and in particular its ambitious Belt and Road initiative which aims to spread trade connections throught the entire Eurasian continent.
"I don't know how far people in Washington are willing to take it, but no doubt it's intended precisely for the purpose of disrupting the Belt and Road initiative," Jatras said.
Post by TsarSamuil on Sept 3, 2018 14:14:30 GMT -5
Good, good! This is the prime objective, marginalizing the west and building our power
China quickly catching up to EU in trade with Russia – Kremlin.
RT.com 3 Sep, 2018 12:18
While the European Union remains Moscow’s main trading partner, China’s growing trade with Russia is rapidly closing the gap, according to Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov.
“Russia continues developing bilateral relations with countries of the EU,” Peskov said on Monday. “The EU is Russia’s main trade and economic partner, but China is snapping at their heels. We would like relations with Europe to be predictable and sustainable.”
Peskov was responding to comments made by French President Emmanuel Macron that Russian President Vladimir Putin wishes to dismantle the EU.
“I do respect Vladimir Putin and I am one of the leaders who says we need to construct a new security and defense architecture with Russia. We need this discussion with Russia,” Macron told Sweden's SVT broadcaster on Sunday. “But Putin’s dream is the dismantling of the European Union.”
The latest Chinese customs data shows that Russia and China traded goods worth $58.35 billion through July, which is more than a 25-percent increase compared to the same period a year ago. Exports from China to Russia, for the first seventh months of the current year, rose by 16.6 percent to $26.9 billion, while China bought $31.45 billion worth of Russian goods, representing growth of 34.9 percent.
Trade turnover between Russia and EU countries, in the first six month of 2018, grew by 5.8 percent year-on-year up to €123.4 billion, according to Eurostat. Volume of imports from the bloc into Russia increased 1.4 percent up to 41.6 billion euro, while exports from Russia were up 3.5 percent to €81.2 billion.
Russia is the third largest exporter to the EU and the bloc's fifth biggest importer.
Last Edit: Sept 3, 2018 14:15:10 GMT -5 by TsarSamuil
4th Eastern Economic Forum opens in Russia's Vladivostok.
Source: Xinhua | 2018-09-11 08:53:21 | Editor: Yang Yi
VLADIVOSTOK, Russia, Sept. 11 (Xinhua) -- World leaders and business tycoons gathered in Russia's Far Eastern port city of Vladivostok to discuss cooperation at the fourth Eastern Economic Forum (EEF) that opened Tuesday.
The three-day forum under the theme of "The Far East: Expanding the Range of Possibilities" has attracted thousands of attendees from more than 60 countries.
The participants will share their ideas around topics of international cooperation in Far Eastern development, industry priorities in the Far East, tools to support investors and measures to improve living conditions.
There will be also cultural, sports and educational programs during the forum.
Chinese President Xi Jinping will attend the EEF this year at the invitation of Russian President Vladimir Putin. It will be the first time for the Chinese head of state to participate in the event.
Founded by Putin in 2015, the annual EEF has served as an important venue for face-to-face dialogue among politicians, business executives and experts for Far Eastern development and regional cooperation.
China takes center stage at opening of Russia’s Eastern Economic Forum in Vladivostok.
RT.com 11 Sep, 2018 08:58
Russian President Vladimir Putin opened Russia’s fourth annual Eastern Economic Forum in Vladivostok. Growing trade ties with Beijing was the president’s main message as he welcomed his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping.
President Putin pointed to the growing economic ties between the two countries. Russia continues to look to China as its main trade partner as Moscow looks to expand its trade in Asia.
“Trade (between Russia and China) reached $87 billion last year,” Putin said. “We will probably reach $100 billion this year.”
The Chinese president said Moscow and Beijing are constantly in contact, stressing that China wants to continue working closely with Moscow.
"You just noted that the Chinese delegation is the largest at the forum, which shows the great attractiveness of this meeting [Eastern Economic Forum – Ed.]. And on the other hand, it means comprehensive cooperation between China and Russia in the development of the Far East,” said Xi.
The Eastern Economic Forum (EEF) is a high-profile annual platform for showcasing the results of the economic development of the Russian Far East. The EEF is taking place September 11-13 in Vladivostok.
The theme of this year’s event – The Far East: Expanding the Range of Possibilities – reflects aspirations to see Russia more closely integrated into the economic network of the Asia-Pacific region.
Unpredictable geopolitical climate makes Russia-China ties more important – Xi Jinping.
RT.com 11 Sep, 2018 11:14
An increasingly unpredictable geopolitical climate makes the partnership between Moscow and Beijing more important, Chinese leader Xi Jinping said during talks with President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday.
The two leaders met at the Eastern Economic Forum in Vladivostok in Russia’s Far East. During the talks, Xi also advocated for both countries to team up against protectionism.
The Russian-Chinese partnership “allows us to jointly neutralize the external risks and challenges, and to assist joint development,” Xi later told the delegation of Russian and Chinese governors.
Putin echoed Xi’s position, saying that a lot depends on how Russian-Chinese ties play out. “Our relations are crucial, not only for our countries, but for the world as well,” he said.
Xi and Putin agreed to work on boosting trade and to conduct more bilateral transactions in the Russian ruble and the Chinese yuan, rather than the US dollar. The decision to increase the number of yuan-ruble contracts between the nations was reached back in June.
Vladimir Putin told reporters that Moscow and Beijing will continue working jointly towards de-escalation and a political settlement on the Korean Peninsula. Under the Russian-Chinese ‘dual freeze’ proposal, North Korea should suspend nuclear tests and ballistic missile launches, while the US will halt its drills with South Korea. Both sides should refrain from provocations and aggressive rhetoric.
The steps toward normalization of US-North Korean relations are also “an important element” of the settlement, Putin said.
The leaders also agreed to continue defense and security cooperation. The Chinese Air Force is currently taking part in Russia’s massive Vostok 2018 military drill in Russia’s Far East.
Facts & Figures: China-Russia economic ties in fast lane.
Source: Xinhua | 2018-09-11 19:40:16 |Editor: Li Xia
BEIJING, Sept. 11 (Xinhua) -- President Xi Jinping will attend the fourth Eastern Economic Forum this week in Vladivostok, Russia, injecting new impetus to China-Russia bilateral ties.
In recent years, economic and trade relations between the two countries have entered the fast lane.
The following are some key facts and figures about China-Russia economic and trade cooperation:
-- In 2017, China-Russia trade rose 20.8 percent to 84.07 billion U.S. dollars, and China remained the largest trade partner of Russia for the eighth consecutive year, according to China's General Administration of Customs (GAC).
-- In the first eight months of 2018, bilateral trade surged 25.7 percent year on year to 67.51 billion dollars, well above China's overall foreign trade growth of 9.1 percent, GAC data showed.
Total bilateral trade for this year is expected to exceed 100 billion dollars, China's Ministry of Commerce estimates.
-- In May, China and the Eurasian Economic Union, comprised of Russia, Kazakhstan, Belarus, Armenia, and Kyrgyzstan, signed an agreement to simplify procedures of customs clearance and cut costs of trade in goods.
-- In 2017, Chinese direct investment in Russia soared 72 percent to reach 2.22 billion dollars.
-- Chinese contractors signed new projects worth 7.75 billion dollars in Russia last year, up 191.4 percent, faster growth than that for most countries participating in the Belt and Road Initiative.
-- China is the largest trade partner and source of foreign investment for the Russian Far East.
-- Russia is China's largest source of both crude oil and electricity imports and its fifth largest source of coal imports.
-- A second line for the China-Russia oil pipeline began commercial operation in January, raising China's annual imports of Russian crude oil through the pipeline from 15 million to 30 million tonnes.
-- The China-Russia east-route natural gas pipeline is expected to send up to 38 billion cubic meters of gas to China each year upon completion planned for 2020.
-- The Yamal liquefied natural gas (LNG) project in Russia's Yamal Peninsula in the Arctic, saw its first production line open in December 2017. As agreed, at least 4 million tonnes of LNG will be shipped to China every year after the completion of more production lines. Both China National Petroleum Corporation and China's Silk Road Fund own stakes in the project.
-- China and Russia set up a joint venture in 2017 to build wide-body long-haul passenger jets.
-- The two countries also jointly set up a research and development center on high-speed rail technology last year.
-- Field investigation and design of the Moscow-Kazan high-speed railway, a Chinese-Russian project, are being completed.
-- Companies of the two countries are also cooperating in such areas as nuclear power, aerospace, digital economy, and cross-border e-commerce.
Cooking Buddies! Putin and Xi Exchange National Recipes, 100 Billion Dollars in Mutual Trade.
Vesti News Sep 12, 2018
Total trade between Russia and China may reach $100 billion this year. Perhaps, it will soon no longer be measured in dollars. Moscow and Beijing plan to build up trade in their national currencies, as both leaders, Vladimir Putin and Xi Jinping, had discussed earlier. China's President was the VIP guest at the Eastern Economic Forum in Vladivostok.
Chinese President Xi Jinping (C, rear) attends an award ceremony for the first race of the SCF Far East Tall Ships Regatta 2018 with Russian President Vladimir Putin, Mongolian President Khaltmaa Battulga, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and South Korean Prime Minister Lee Nak-yon after the plenary session of the fourth Eastern Economic Forum (EEF) held in Vladivostok in Russia's Far East, on Sept. 12, 2018. (Xinhua/Huang Jingwen)
VLADIVOSTOK, Russia, Sept. 13 (Xinhua) -- Chinese President Xi Jinping's just-concluded trip to this Russian Far East city was of far-reaching significance as it cemented mutual trust and friendship and promoted win-win regional cooperation, said Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi on Wednesday.
During his tightly scheduled 30-hour stay in Vladivostok, the Chinese president attended the fourth Eastern Economic Forum (EEF), held talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin, and met with leaders of other countries in the region, among other activities.
The visit has infused new dynamism into China-Russia ties, opened new prospects for regional cooperation, and brought new vitality to international relations, Wang said.
STRENGTHEN TOP-LEVEL CONTACT
The strategic guidance by and close contact between the heads of state of China and Russia serve as powerful engines for the development of bilateral relations, Wang said.
Noting that this was Xi's seventh visit to Russia as president and first attendance at the EEF, Wang said the trip carried on the tradition that China and Russia support each other in holding major events.
Xi and Putin had their third meeting in four months, charting the future course of the China-Russia comprehensive strategic partnership of coordination and exchanging views on major international and regional issues, Wang said.
That has highlighted the height and uniqueness of the China-Russia relationship, he added.
The two sides agreed to tighten strategic coordination, firmly support each other, and safeguard their own interests as well as the common interests of the international community, he said.
The close relationship between China and Russia, Wang said, is playing an increasingly important role in maintaining strategic stability in the world and has set a good example for major-countries relations and neighborhood interaction.
CEMENT CHINA-RUSSIA FRIENDSHIP
Xi and Putin, in a show of the great importance they attach to the traditional friendship between the two peoples, made time to attend bilateral people-to-people exchange activities, Wang said.
The two leaders met representatives of the Chinese and Russian youngsters who forged a deep friendship 10 years ago when more than 900 Chinese children from the affected areas in the 2008 Wenchuan earthquake in southwestern China went to All-Russian Children's Center "Ocean" in Vladivostok to recuperate.
Xi thanked the Russian staff at the center for helping Chinese children recuperate and encouraged the young people of the two countries to serve as the pillars of their countries and envoys of bilateral friendship and carry forward China-Russia friendship from generation to generation.
Xi invited the teachers and students of the "Ocean" center to visit China to write a new chapter in bilateral friendship, Wang said.
Xi also called for joint efforts to push forward local-level exchanges between the two countries and deepen the understanding of each other's culture and traditions.
TAP SUB-NATIONAL COOPERATION POTENTIAL
As each other's largest neighbor, China and Russia have strong internal impetus for cooperation in various fields, Wang said.
During Xi's visit, Xi and Putin charted the course for bilateral pragmatic cooperation in the next phase -- strengthening the synergy of the Belt and Road Initiative and the Eurasian Economic Union, expanding cooperation in such fields as energy, agriculture, scientific and technological innovation and finance, promoting the steady implementation of major projects, and boosting joint research and development of cutting-edge science and technology.
The two leaders also made concrete efforts to promote bilateral sub-national cooperation. They attended a roundtable meeting on regional cooperation and visited "The Far East Street" exhibition showcasing the rich local cultural exchanges between the two countries and investment opportunities in Russia's Far East regions.
Both countries should take advantage of the Year of China-Russia Local Cooperation and Exchange program to strengthen planning and coordination, innovate thoughts on cooperation, and tap into their complimentary advantages, so as to usher in a new era of bilateral sub-national cooperation, Xi stressed.
Xi's visit, Wang said, has vigorously expanded the landscape of China-Russia sub-national cooperation and further deepened the integration of the two countries' interests.
LEAD REGIONAL COOPERATION
The EEF offers an important platform for international cooperation in the Russian Far East and a significant opportunity for Northeast Asian nations to pool wisdom and pursue cooperation, Wang said.
Xi proposed that countries in Northeast Asia should build up mutual trust to safeguard regional peace and tranquility, deepen cooperation to achieve mutually beneficial outcomes, learn from each other to consolidate their traditional friendship, and take a long-term perspective to realize integrated and coordinated development.
As a key member in Northeast Asia, China has presented a responsible and constructive image of a major country to the rest of the world by consistently participating in regional cooperation, promoting communication and dialogue among nations in the region, and creating a harmonious and friendly environment, Wang said.
Xi's Vladivostok trip is pragmatic and efficient, and conducive to promoting benign interactions between major countries, he said, adding that it was also an important move in the building of a community with a shared future for mankind.
Eastern Economic Forum brings $42 billion in deals to Russia.
RT.com 13 Sep, 2018 10:03
A total of 175 deals worth 2.9 trillion rubles (US$42.07 billion) were inked during the Eastern Economic Forum (EEF) in Vladivostok, according to Russian Deputy Prime Minister Yury Trutnev.
“These are not the final figures,” he said when announcing the results of the fourth annual EEF, which took place from September 11 to 13.
Trutnev, who is also the Presidential Plenipotentiary Envoy to the Far Eastern Federal District, noted the deals which were signed at previous forums, saying that in 2015 “the figure was 1.3 trillion rubles ($18.86 billion) while last year it rose to 2.5 trillion rubles ($36.27 billion).”
Among the deals agreed to was the establishment of a mining and industrial enterprise based in the Baimsky ore area in Chukotka. Asian investment GenFund will participate in Far East projects of Russian agroholding Rusagro and Nakhodka fertilizer plant.
According to the official, the important deals also include deliveries of 100 SSJ-100 aircraft to Aeroflot, and the construction of a terminal for Novatek LNG transshipment at Bechevinskaya Bay in Kamchatka.
“Within the framework of the forum 100 business events were held,” Trutnev said, noting that more than 6,000 delegates and 1,300 media representatives participated in the event.
The Eastern Economic Forum is an international forum held each year since 2015 to encourage foreign investment in the Russian Far East.
The theme of this year’s event – The Far East: Expanding the Range of Possibilities – reflects aspirations to see Russia more closely integrated into the economic network of the Asia-Pacific region.
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The Star of the Far East: Special Report on Vladivostok’s New Shipyards Creating Next Gen Boats.
Vesti News Sep 13, 2018
Star of the Far East is the future huge Aframax tanker weighing 30,000 tons. She's 820 feet long, almost 165 feet wide. She's capable of shipping more than 100,000 tons of oil. She'll be running on liquefied gas which makes her highly Eco-friendly as she'll be making almost zero emissions. The tanker will bear the name of Saint Petersburg.
Zvezda Shipyard Largest of Its Kind in Russia; Will Bring Vitality and Talent to Far Eastern Regions.
Vesti News Sep 19, 2018
Yuri Borisov, Russian Deputy Prime Minister for the Defense Industry: "The Russian president has said more than once that we need to work on the demographic situation in the Far East. The region is underpopulated. In order to motivate a young, active, working-age population to come here and stay, we must create more high-tech enterprises like Zvezda."
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Experts from China, Mongolia, Russia talk on construction of economic corridor.
Source: Xinhua | 2018-09-18 19:53:13 | Editor: ZX
ULAN BATOR, Sept. 18 (Xinhua) -- The fourth China-Mongolia-Russia Think-Tank Forum kicked off here Tuesday to discuss the building of a trilateral economic corridor between the three countries.
During the two-day event, some 120 experts and officials from the three countries are expected to submit their proposals and exchange views on intensifying the establishment of the China-Mongolia-Russia economic corridor and strengthen trilateral cooperation.
"The trilateral economic corridor, an important part of China's Belt and Road Initiative, is related to not only the economy but also various fields such as culture, science, tourism and people-to-people exchanges," Yadmaa Tumurbaatar, director of the National University of Mongolia, said at the opening ceremony of the forum.
Themed on "China-Mongolia-Russia economic corridor: Innovation and Co-Development," the forum will hold three panel discussions focusing on cooperation in energy, transportation, education, culture, science, technology and socio-economic issues.
The China-Mongolia-Russia Think Tank Forum was jointly established by relevant agencies and associations from the three countries in 2015.
The first forum was held in Mongolia's capital in 2015, with the second taking place in Inner Mongolia, China in 2016, and the third in Buryatia, a republic of Russia in 2017.
Post by TsarSamuil on Sept 18, 2018 14:30:38 GMT -5
Kim Jong-un welcomes South Korean leader to Pyongyang for historic summit (VIDEO)
RT.com 18 Sep, 2018 01:32
South Korean President Moon Jae-in has landed in Pyongyang for a historic summit with Kim Jong-un as part of the ongoing reconciliation process and talks on the denuclearization of the peninsula.
President Moon and his wife Kim Jung-sook were welcomed by the North Korean leader and Kim's sister Yo-jong, as well as hundreds of locals. Their three-day trip to Pyongyang began on Tuesday morning.
After Moon descended from the plane, Kim was seen offering a warm embrace to his South Korean counterpart, who has worked ardently to bring about a thaw in bilateral relations between the two states.
The South Korean president brought a large entourage of some 110 delegates, including top business leaders, who will discuss strengthening ties between the neighbors. Prior to Moon’s arrival, some 90 South Korean officials arrived in Pyongyang on Sunday to participate in the historic summit.
While this is Moon's third meeting with Kim, it is the first time the South Korean leader has visited Pyongyang. Previously, the two men held talks on April 27 and May 26 in the border village of Panmunjom.
“[My] North Korea trip would have a great meaning if it could lead to the resumption of North Korea-US dialogue,” Moon was quoted as saying prior to his trip.
Despite reaching a commitment regarding the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula at the Singapore summit between Kim and US President Donald Trump, progress in US-North Korean talks were stonewalled last month after Secretary of State Mike Pompeo canceled his visit to Pyongyang.
The chief US diplomat was barred from traveling to North Korea by Trump, who cited the alleged lack of progress in the denuclearization process as the reason for canceling the visit.
Korean defense chiefs sign ‘military pact’ after Kim & Moon adopt denuclearization roadmap.
RT.com 19 Sep, 2018 02:25
South Korean President Moon Jae-in and the North Korean leader Kim Jong-un have signed a joint statement following their bilateral talks in Pyongyang. The countries’ defense chiefs have meanwhile signed a separate military pact.
As part of the military agreement, the neighbors will halt border drills from November 1, Yonhap reports. South Korean Defense Minister Song Young-moo and North Korea’s No Kwang-chol also agreed to stop military flights in the vicinity of the demarcation line. In addition, the agreement envisions setting up a buffer zone in the Yellow Sea and suspending maritime drills.
As a clear sign of mutual trust, the Pyongyang military agreement also calls for the withdrawal of soldiers from the demilitarized zone and disarming the servicemen keeping watch at Panmunjom border village. The nations also agreed that each would close eleven border guard posts by the end of 2018.
The Koreas’ armed forces will establish and operate a “joint military committee” to discuss the implementation of the military agreement on a “permanent basis,” Moon Jae-in noted.
Speaking to the press on the outcome of Moon's visit to North Korea, Kim noted that the “agreement at Pyongyang summit will advance an era of peace, prosperity.” Kim especially noted that the military agreement will help to denuclearize the peninsula and reach a lasting peace. He also agreed to travel soon to South Korea to meet Moon for the fourth time since the reconciliation effort between the neighbors began with the Olympic Peace diplomacy earlier this year. To emphasize their commitment to peace, the nations have decided to send a united team to the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, and will submit a joint bid for the 2032 Summer Olympics.
Moon meanwhile told reporters that the neighbors finally managed to agree to “specific denuclearization steps.” The South Korean president also noted that the leaders are striving to turn the demilitarized zone into a zone of peace, and that work will soon begin to reconnect cross-border rails and roads before the end of the year.
Moon arrived in North Korea on Tuesday morning for the third face-to-face meeting with his counterpart. Previously, the leaders held talks on April 27 and May 26 in the border village of Panmunjom, in an unprecedented effort to reconcile the two nations following the Korean War (1950-53). Part of Moon's agenda for the trip was restarting the US-Korean dialogue that hit a brick wall last month, after Secretary of State Mike Pompeo canceled his visit to Pyongyang.
One of the major breakthroughs of the Pyongyang summit was the consent given by the North to allow international inspectors to document a “permanent dismantlement” of its key missile facilities. North Korea also agreed to closing its main nuclear complex in Yongbyon – although only if the United States takes reciprocal conciliatory steps, Moon told reporters. The Korean Peninsula should turn into a “land of peace without nuclear weapons and nuclear threats,” he noted.
"The North expressed its willingness to continue taking additional steps, such as permanent shutdown of the Yongbyon nuclear facility, should the United States take corresponding measures under the spirit of the June 12 North Korea-US joint statement," the joint statement said.
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Vesti Special Report: Russian Shore Meets Japanese Sea; The Story of Modern Vladivostok.
Vesti News Sep 21, 2018
"I've just disembarked the plane and I'm already talking about the sea. Although geographically called the Sea of Japan, the shore is Russian. The coat of arms is a Siberian tiger on the background of St. Andrew's flag. This is Primorsky Krai." - The Special Report of Anton Borisov.
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Aug 3, 2018 10:18:31 GMT -5
Proto-Orchid: @ussrstrong: I blame general low activity on social medias, all the people sit there today
Oct 10, 2018 12:53:50 GMT -5
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Oct 14, 2018 5:48:26 GMT -5
Proto-Orchid: Its the substitute for going out, meeting and spending your time with friends in real life. Its just part of the story. When I was younger I remember people were meeting to play team sports, but today you see completely autistic people jogging with iPhone.
Oct 14, 2018 18:18:38 GMT -5
Proto-Orchid: Then they come back home, put pictures on Instagram or Facebook to show off how they spent their time jogging, and as mental satisfaction they get few likes or hearts, or whatever social medias have today, which is a measure of how good their life is. Sick
Oct 14, 2018 18:21:43 GMT -5
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Nov 11, 2018 6:56:57 GMT -5
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