Igor I Sagitov, Russia’s consul general in Hong Kong. (PHOTO PROVIDED TO CHINA DAILY)
The upcoming 20th National Congress of the Communist Party of China will mark a new milestone for China and set the country’s development for the next five years, Russia’s consul general in Hong Kong said in an exclusive interview with China Daily on Wednesday.
The top Russian diplomat in the special administrative region said that the meeting is expected to emphasize livelihood matters such as rural development, urbanization, ecology, and food-security issues. He also anticipated that strong messages on national security issues will be delivered
Igor I Sagitov added that the international community is looking forward to hearing from the meeting the latest information on China’s foreign policy guidelines and key benchmarks of its socioeconomic development.
The top Russian diplomat in the special administrative region said that the meeting is expected to emphasize livelihood matters such as rural development, urbanization, ecology, and food-security issues. He also anticipated that strong messages on national security issues will be delivered.
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For the Hong Kong and Macao SARs, the key points will undoubtedly relate to the “one country, two systems” policy in the context of the discussions on its implementation, he said.
Sagitov also said that the recent Shanghai Cooperation Organization Summit, which was held in mid-September, once again proved that China and Russia are very good and close economic partners. Both sides and all the summit participants expressed their willingness to continue to develop economic cooperation, not only on a bilateral basis but also on a multilateral basis, he said.
He said the Russian media paid a great deal of attention to the speech of Chinese President Xi Jinping at the event, highlighting his call to prevent external forces from provoking “color revolutions”.
“We admire Xi’s remarks and presence, and he is a very good friend of our country. Our countries’ views on most global and regional issues are very similar or even identical,” Sagitov added.
He said much attention was paid to Xi’s proposal of gradually increasing the share of the two countries’ respective national currencies in mutual settlements and intensifying work on the creation of a cross-border payments system in national currencies.
Sagitov said that economic cooperation between Moscow and Beijing is on the rise. The leaders of the two countries set a goal of increasing trade turnover to $200 billion, and believe that this goal will soon be achieved, he said.
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