On the eve of an official visit to Russia and the 24th regular meeting between Chinese and Russian prime ministers, Premier Li Keqiang received a written interview from Russia’s Tass news agency, which attracted widespread attention from the international mainstream media.
The visit coincides with the release of China’s economic data in August. The BBC said in the report that the Chinese prime minister said it is not easy to maintain a medium to high growth rate of more than 6%, “which is still in the forefront of the world’s major economies”. VOA noted that Li Keqiang stressed in an interview that China’s economic development has huge resilience, potential and room for maneuver.
Reuters referred to Li Keqiang’s statement on the relationship between employment and economic growth: employment is the biggest livelihood. As long as employment is relatively sufficient, income continues to increase, environmental quality continues to improve, and the growth rate is a little higher and a little lower is acceptable.
Li Keqiang’s visit coincides with the 70th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and Russia and the opening of a new era in bilateral relations. Tass news agency quoted the news agency of the general office of the Russian president as saying that the meeting aims to further develop the comprehensive strategic partnership of coordination between China and Russia in the new era.
Russian news agency reported that Premier Li Keqiang and Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev will jointly determine measures to promote the growth of trade between China and Russia during his visit, so as to achieve the goal of reaching 200 billion US dollars in bilateral trade by 2024 set by the two heads of state in June this year.
For nine consecutive years, China has been Russia’s largest trading partner. Last year, the trade volume between China and Russia exceeded $100 billion for the first time, an increase of 27.1%.
“It’s a new sign.” When Li Keqiang met with Chinese and foreign journalists after the national two sessions in March this year, he answered the questions of Russian journalists, “this in itself shows that there is great potential for cooperation between China and Russia. Next, we can expand the field. We can not only “grasp the big”, but also “push the small”, focus on large projects, bulk commodity trade, and promote the cooperation of small and micro enterprises, including cross-border e-commerce. We can not only “go up” and cooperate in the field of aerospace, but also “go down” and promote local people to people exchanges. ”
How to “go up” and “down” in China Russia cooperation is a high concern of the Russian media this time. Russia news agency noted that during Li Keqiang’s visit to Russia, China and Russia will sign cooperation agreements in aerospace, connectivity, trade and other fields, and the two sides plan to discuss more cooperation. Russia daily found that in 2018 alone, Russia’s food exports to China increased by 42%, greatly exceeding the overall growth rate of bilateral trade volume. Agricultural products and food trade may become a new growth point of China Russia trade.
In addition, there is a special arrangement for the Russian media: “Russian channel” and “Russian channel 24” will broadcast for the first time the film of dedication for the 70th anniversary of the founding of the people’s Republic of China and the 70th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and Russia.
“As the primary mechanism for promoting all-round practical cooperation and people to people and cultural exchanges between the two countries as a whole, this regular meeting of the Chinese and Russian prime ministers will open up a wider space for practical cooperation between the two countries in the new era.” Russian satellite news agency looks forward to Li Keqiang’s visit.