China and Russia to strengthen the synergy of Belt and Road Initiative and Eurasian Economic Union

BISHKEK (TCA) — China and Russia should strengthen the synergy of Beijing-proposed Belt and Road Initiative and the Eurasian Economic Union (EEU), Chinese President Xi Jinping said during his talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin at the fourth Eastern Economic Forum (EEF) in the Russian port city of Vladivostok on September 11, China’s Xinhua news agency reported.

The Eurasian Economic Union consists of Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, and Russia.

During their talks, Xi and Putin acknowledged that China-Russia ties have been developing with stronger momentum this year and have entered a new period of faster development on a higher level.

Xi urged the two countries to maintain close communication and coordination within multilateral frameworks such as the UN, the Shanghai Cooperation Organization and BRICS, and push forward political settlement of hotspot issues together with the international community.

Putin said both sides should continue to promote the synergy of the EEU and the Belt and Road Initiative, expand cooperation in such fields as investment, energy, aerospace, finance and e-commerce, boost cultural and people-to-people exchanges and promote local cooperation.

Russia and China share many similar views on the current international situation, Putin said, calling on the two countries to enhance coordination and cooperation in international affairs, firmly oppose unilateralism, safeguard a fair and rational international order and realize common development and prosperity.

Sergey Kwan

TCA

Sergey Kwan has worked for The Times of Central Asia as a journalist, translator and editor since its foundation in March 1999. Prior to this, from 1996-1997, he worked as a translator at The Kyrgyzstan Chronicle, and from 1997-1999, as a translator at The Central Asian Post.
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Kwan studied at the Bishkek Polytechnic Institute from 1990-1994, before completing his training in print journalism in Denmark.

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