MOSCOW, December 22./TASS/. The number of Russian regions, which will be established by the local branch of the Society of Russian-Chinese friendship (orkd), in 2018 is expected to double. This was announced on Friday, TASS, the head of the organization, Chairman of the Federation Council Committee on economic policy Dmitry Mezentsev.

“Next year will be doubled the number of regional offices”, – he said, noting that the Russian side is considering in the future way of cooperation in which each region will have a mutual connection with one or another Chinese province. In addition, according to Mezentsev, given the practice of Russian colleagues, the Society of Chinese-Russian friendship also involves the creation of its regional offices in several provinces of China .

In this regard, the Senator recalled that the issues of bilateral cooperation with China is constantly monitored in the speaker of the upper house of Parliament Valentina Matvienko and the leadership of the Federation Council. “This position of the chamber of regions is an important condition for expanding the whole spectrum of directions of cooperation”, – said Mezentsev. In this context, he also recalled that currently, without exception, all Chinese provinces have relationships with more than 50 regions of Russia.

The youth wing

Turning to other plans for the next year, the Senator said that priority will be given to expansion of cooperation of youth associations of the two countries. “We plan to create a youth wing, we will actively attract young people interested in the history of China and the Chinese language,” said Mezentsev.


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According to him, the young Russians will be able to build “such relationships with their peers from China, who for decades will also be a weighty factor in support of bilateral relations.”

“It is important to understand that those people who are now 20-25 years old, after a short period of time, taking professional heights in their own countries, will determine the character, the tone, the depth of relations between Russia and China for decades to come. The nature of the relationship between the thousands and thousands of young Russians and Chinese, their sincerity, emotion, desire each other, respect for the history of our countries, national way of life and traditions, national habits – the most important condition for high quality relations between our countries”, – said the Senator.

60 years of friendship

Summing up the year, Mezentsev noted that a particularly significant event in the year of the 60th anniversary of the Society was the greeting of Russian President Vladimir Putin, in which he stressed the role of the organization, the activities which “involves practically the entire modern history of Russian-Chinese relations”.

Also, a significant event Mezentsev said the anniversary celebrations in Moscow, which was attended by the speaker of the Federation Council Valentina Matvienko on the Russian side, and a number of distinguished guests from China.

Another special achievement of 2017 was the meeting Matviyenko and the head of the Chinese Parliament Zhang Dejiang with activists of the Russian-Chinese friendship. “Such a meeting occurred for the first time, gave the opportunity to compare notes parliamentarians, heads of regions and speakers of regional parliaments, which for many years strengthen their relations with partners from China,” said Mezentsev.

Also in the past year hosted the first Russian-Chinese financial forum, which now will be held annually alternately in Russia and in China. “It’s just a few examples of that in the past, the anniversary orkd, year supported new initiatives under the auspices of the Societies of Russian-Chinese and Chinese-Russian friendship,” said Mezentsev.