Voices from Russia

Saturday, 16 June 2018

Izvestiya: Russia and China Confirm High-Level Partnership

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President V V Putin wrapped up his three-day visit to China this weekend during which he held comprehensive bilateral negotiations and took part in the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation summit. Russia and China signed multibillion-dollar contracts, which included the construction of two additional power units at the Tianwan Nuclear Power Plant and building the new Xudabao Nuclear Power Plant. According to experts, the talks set the tone for relations between Moscow and Beijing for the next few years. Putin said the parties confirmed “a very high level” of relations. The Chinese side also positively assessed the outcome of the talks. Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs source Geng Shuang said, “The current visit by President Putin is an absolute success”. Zhao Huasheng, Director of the Department of Russia and Central Asia at the Shanghai Institute for International Studies, noted:

The meeting of the two leaders was shortly after their election to new terms. For both countries, this visit is the new beginning of cooperation for the next five or six years. It once again showed that the sides are ready to continue and enhance cooperation.

Yang Cheng, a Sino-Russian relations expert from the Shanghai International Studies University, said:

For the first time, India and Pakistan participated in the SCO summit in Qingdao. Amidst difficult relations between New Delhi and Islamabad, there were fears that Indian-Pakistani bilateral tension would affect the SCO’s activity. However, on the contrary, their membership in the SCO made it possible to ease tensions.

13 June 2018

TASS

http://tass.com/pressreview/1009261

Sunday, 3 June 2018

Xi Jinping: “No One Should Be Left Behind” As China Develops

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Chinese leader Xi Jinping said, “no one should be left behind” as the country develops, while reviewing progress and plans to eliminate poverty by the year 2020. He said:

On the march toward common prosperity, no one should be left behind.

As China’s leadership pushes to realise its promise to lift the last 30 million residents out of poverty within three years, Friday’s meeting identified “three tough battles”, including “reducing poverty, preventing financial risks, and tackling pollution”. The Communist Party of China set 2020 as the deadline to achieve a “moderately prosperous society in all respects” China had enormous success in its anti-poverty campaign, which the World Bank called “the most rapid large-scale poverty reduction in human history”. However, at the end of 2017, around 30 million Chinese remained in conditions of poverty, concentrated in remote rural areas. Liu Yongfu, director of the State Council Leading Group Office of Poverty Alleviation and Development, said:

We’ll work to foster local industries, create new jobs, and strengthen aid to the aged, the disabled, and people who are seriously ill.

Efforts were focused primarily on boosting local economies, providing greater state safety nets, constructing housing, and building modern infrastructure.

2 June 2018

Telesur

https://www.telesurtv.net/english/news/Xi-Jinping-No-One-Should-Be-Left-Behind-As-China-Develops-20180602-0018.html

Sunday, 4 February 2018

4 February 2018. Comrade Xi on Great China

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Saturday, 3 February 2018

3 February 2018. Comrade Xi on Great China

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