China and Russia Part 2

Russia beats Saudi Arabia as China’s top crude oil supplier in 2016

Jan 23, 2017

  • Russia overtook Saudi Arabia in 2016 to became China’s biggest crude oil supplier for the first year ever, customs data showed on Monday, boosted by robust demand from independent Chinese “teapot” refineries.

Russia and China efficiently cooperate in monetary operations

January 19, 2017

  • Russian and Chinese financial regulators cooperate closely and effectively in serving deals in currencies, spokesperson for the Chinese State Administration of Foreign Exchange Wang Chunying told TASS.

Russia, China Work on Joint High-Precision Satellite Navigation System


  • Russia and China are setting up a joint Differential Corrections and Monitoring (SDCM) high-precision satellite navigation system, China National Space Administration (CNSA) chief representative in Russia Zhang Yuan said Tuesday.

China, Russia say united against South Korea missile defense

Jan. 13, 2017

  • China has a range of economic, diplomatic and military options to retaliate if the U.S. and South Korea proceed with deployment of an advanced missile defense system, experts said Friday, as Beijing remained vague in its threats against the plan. Such steps could raise the stakes for Washington and Seoul in a controversial deployment that China regards as a major security threat, while complicating matters for South Korea as it faces domestic political divisions and significant public opposition.

China, Russia agree on more ‘countermeasures’ against U.S. anti-missile system: Xinhua

Jan 12, 2017

  • China and Russia have agreed to take further unspecified “countermeasures” in response to a U.S. plan to deploy an anti-missile system in South Korea, state news agency Xinhua reported on Friday. China and Russia held a joint anti-missile drill last May after Washington and Seoul began discussions over installing the U.S. Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system to counter any North Korean threats.

Planned Russian High-Speed Railway to Link European, Chinese Systems


  • Russia is set to begin construction of a high-speed railway in 2017 making it possible to link European and Chinese high-speed systems, Russian Railways First Vice President Alexander Misharin said, reporting on the implementation of a program to build fast-train and high-speed routes in Russia at the concluding 2016 meeting of the corporate board.

Russia and China plan to jointly build up to 1,000 widebodies until 2045

December 19th, 2016

  • Feasibility study of the Russo-Chinese joint program of wide-body long-haul aircraft (dubbed C929 in China) projects that anywhere from 800 to 1,000 aircraft will be built until 2045, Russia’s Vedomosti daily writes, based on the report. The new program is an attempt to challenge the Airbus and Boeing duopoly in the wide-body aircraft segment.

Russia throws its weight behind China-Pakistan corridor, keeps India on tenterhooks

Dec 19, 2016

  • Russia’s nebulous public position on its growing ties with Pakistan continues to give sleepless nights to Indian policymakers who have sought to isolate Islamabad on the issue of terrorism. Russia’s ambassador to Pakistan Alexey Y Dedov has now been quoted as saying that Russia and Pakistan have held discussions to merge Moscow’s Eurasian Economic Union project with the CPEC. Dedov said Russia “strongly” supported CPEC as it was important for Pakistan’s economy and also regional connectivity.

China Russia’s Main Partner, Level of Trust Between Beijing, Moscow High


  • China is the main Russian partner with the level of political trust between Russia and China being high, Russian President Vladimir Putin said. “Absolutely,” Putin told the Nippon TV channel and the Yomiuri newspaper, answering the question whether China is Russia’s most important partner.

Putin: We won’t allow infringement of Russia’s rights, will decide our own fate

1 Dec, 2016

  • The president also said that Russia’s policy towards its Asian partners, China and Japan, is not opportunistic or a response to the deterioration in US-relations, but based on Russia’s plans for long-term development.

Russia cements leading China oil supply position

Nov 25, 2016

  • Russia is cementing its position as the main oil supplier to China, the world’s biggest net importer and growth market for the fuel, taking over the lead from Saudi Arabia in the first 10 months of the year, customs data showed on Friday.

Russia-China military ties ‘at all-time high,’ no threat to other states

23 Nov, 2016

  • Military cooperation between Russia and China poses no threat to other states, but is aimed instead at countering global threats and challenges, including international terrorism, according to Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu. “Bilateral military cooperation [between Moscow and Beijing] is not directed against other states, does not pose a threat to them, but contributes to peace and stability on the Eurasian continent and beyond,” Shoigu said at a meeting with his Chinese counterpart Chang Wanquan in Beijing on Wednesday. He is there for the 21st meeting of an intergovernmental commission on military and technical cooperation between the two states that will look into the fragile situations in Syria, Libya, and Iraq.

‘Progress in all areas’: Putin to visit China as Moscow, Beijing expand trade, economic ties

20 Nov, 2016

  • Russian President Vladimir Putin has revealed plans to visit China in May 2017 at a meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping in Peru. Putin praised the rapid development of trade, industrial and high-tech ties between Moscow and Beijing. The two leaders met on the sidelines of the two-day Asian-Pacific Economic Forum (APEC) on Saturday. Putin said he has accepted an invitation to take part in events related to the implementation of Silk Road Economic Belt project, a large-scale initiative unveiled by Xi in 2013 that envisages the integration of trade and investment in Eurasia.

China, Russia to Push for Free-Trade Area in Asia-Pacific

November 19, 2016

  • China and Russia will push for a free-trade area in the Asia-Pacific region, China’s foreign ministry said in a statement after the leaders of the two nations met Saturday in Lima, Peru. President Xi Jinping and Russia’s Vladimir Putin met during the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit in the South American city. Leaders of both the countries should communicate frequently, according to the statement on Sunday.

China, Russia to Develop Cooperation in Technology, Space Sector


  • China and Russia intend to develop cooperation in a range of spheres, including in various fields of technology and space exploration, a joint communique on the 21st Regular Meeting between Chinese Premier Li Keqiang and Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said Tuesday. “Based on this, the parties have agreed to promote real business cooperation in the fields of biotechnologies, information technologies, software technologies, aerospace technologies, satellite navigation technologies and ‘green’ technologies,” the communique said.

Russia, China Sign Contract for Delivery of Mi-171, Ansat, Ka-32 Helicopters


  • The Russian Helicopters holding signed a contract on Wednesday with China’s Jiangsu Baoli Aviation Equipment for the delivery of three helicopters – Mi-171, Ansat and Ka-32, the press service of the holding said. The contract was signed on the sidelines of the ongoing China International Aviation & Aerospace Exhibition (Airshow China) 2016. Russian Minister of Industry and Trade Denis Manturov attended the signing ceremony.

China, Russia take step closer to new long-haul jet

Nov 2, 2016

  • China and Russia took a step closer on Wednesday to the joint development of a long-haul jet to challenge Boeing (BA.N) and Airbus (AIR.PA), displaying a model of the unnamed plane that would compete with Western rivals.

China, Russia Enhance Military Cooperation in Response to US Missile Threat


  • The expansion of Sino-Russian military cooperation to include joint missile defense exercises is an important landmark in bilateral relations, military expert Vasily Kashin told Sputnik. Speaking at the forum, Major-General Cai Jun of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (CPLA) announced that China and Russia will carry out their second joint missile defense military exercises next year. The plan follows the successful computerized joint exercise by the Russian and Chinese missile defense command in May this year. The joint exercises are set to become Russia and China’s third annual set of joint military exercises, in addition to the “Peace Mission” and “Naval Interaction” drills.

Russia, China to mull joint response to US missile shield

Oct 11, 2016

  • Lt. Gen. Viktor Poznikhir of the Russian military’s General Staff accused the Pentagon of developing the shield as part of planning for a possible first nuclear strike. “The missile defense system considerably shifts the balance of offensive weapons, allowing the planning of a more efficient pre-emptive strike,” he said at a security conference in China. Russia and China have frequently expressed concerns about the U.S. missile shield, but Poznikhir dropped any diplomatic reticence in his blunt speech that reflected a widening rift between Moscow and Washington.

Russia, China Quickly Forming ‘Strategy of Synergy’ in Syria


  • On Monday, Chinese Deputy Foreign Minister Li Baodong said that the positions of Beijing and Moscow coincide on the Syrian issue. Speaking to Sputnik, Chinese and Russian analysts confirmed that recent events have demonstrated that the two countries are quickly building a sustainable strategic partnership in their response to the Syrian crisis.

China Supported Russian Security Council Draft Resolution on Syria


  • China’s envoy to UN Liu Jieyi said that China voted in favour of the Russian draft resolution on Syria at the Security Council and regrets that it was not adopted. China’s envoy praised the Russian draft and said that it called for the cessation of hostilities, opening humanitarian access, enhancing the fight against terrorism and supporting UN special envoy on Syria Staffan de Mistura.

Russia Assesses Relations With China as Best in History – Foreign Ministry


  • Trust-based relations between Russian and Chinese leaders and unique partnership mechanisms have elevated the countries’ relations to the highest level in history, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Igor Morgulov said on Wednesday. He expressed hope that bilateral relations in different dimensions would develop further. “Russia is sincerely delighted by China’s achievements, who is our strategic partner bilaterally and internationally. We truly appreciate our relations with the People’s Republic of China and consider them as the best in history,” Morgunov said on the 67th anniversary of China’s founding.

China, Mongolia, Russia to build economic corridor

September 17, 2016

  • China, Mongolia and Russia will cooperate in seven areas to build a trilateral economic corridor, according to guidelines released this week. The three neighbors will improve transport facilities by expanding land, air and sea connections, said the guidelines issued by the National Development and Reform Commission. They plan to renovate ports of entry and overhaul customs procedures for easier clearance.

China, Russia vow enhanced coordination in strategic security


  • China and Russia on Monday vowed to strengthen communication, consultation and coordination in strategic security areas. The pledge came out of the 12th round of bilateral strategic and security consultation, which was co-chaired by Chinese State Councilor Yang Jiechi and Nikolai Patrushev, secretary of the Russian Security Council. Yang applauded the development of China-Russia comprehensive strategic partnership of coordination, calling for closer communication to carry out the important consensus reached by the two countries’ leaders.

Russia Supports China’s Stance on South China Sea


  • Russian President Vladimir Putin said that Moscow supports China’s stance on the South China Sea court dispute and opposes any third-party interference. Russia supports China’s stance on the South China Sea court dispute and opposes any third-party interference, Russian President Vladimir Putin said Monday. “Chairman Xi Jinping and I have developed very trusting, I would say friendly, relations. But he never – I want to emphasize this – never approached me requesting to somehow comment, somehow intervene in the matter,” Putin told reporters.

Russia, China Building Yuan-Based Alliance Against Dollar


  • The yuan is nearing to become a true international currency. In October, the Chinese currency will be added by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to its list of reserve financial instruments. A day before the Eastern Economic Forum 2016 started in Russia’s Vladivostok the Russian-Chinese Financial Council held a meeting to discuss boosting ties between Russian and Chinese financial organizations. Currently, the council comprises 27 Russian and 29 Chinese financial institutions.

Russian, Chinese Investment Funds Set Up Joint Fund Worth $500Mln


  • The Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF) and China’s Inventis Investment Holdings signed a deal establishing a joint fund worth $500 million.

Russia, China to Launch Ecommerce Platform to Promote Russian Produce in China


  • Russia’s Far East Development Fund said Wednesday that it had reached an agreement with the Russian branch of the Chinese technology giant LeEco to establish a so-called LeLive ecommerce platform to increase food exports to China. LeLive will use the Chinese company’s “Le Ecosystem,” an online platform, which has a monthly reach of more than 800 million users.

China, Russia Consider Joint Missile Warning System to Counter US THAAD

Aug 27, 2016

  • China and Russia will likely establish a joint missile warning system to neutralize what they see as national security threats stemming from the radar coverage of the United States’ Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) missile system to be deployed to South Korea in 2017. The joint U.S. South Korea decision to go ahead with THAAD’s deployment to two military bases in South Korea is being seen by some Moscow analysts as the catalyst bringing about a rapprochement between Moscow and Beijing, particularly in missile defense.

Russia, China Developing Alternative to Boeing, Airbus Passenger Jets


  • Moscow and Beijing are developing a new passenger aircraft with a super flight range. According to the manufacturer, the aircraft will compete with Western air carriers, Boeing and Airbus, despite the fact that the new project is currently not in high demand by the customers, according to AeroTelegraph.

Chinese, Russian tourism police officers patrol in Moscow in joint action


  • Booming tourism industries around the world have given birth to a new profession – the tourist police. They patrol in tourist destinations, maintain public order, watch out for thieves, and sometimes assist lost tourists in finding their way. These special police officers are feeling the need to seek international cooperation as more and more tourists travel across borders. an example of such cooperation involves tourist police from China and Russia involved in a joint action this week.

Russia Makes Proposal to China on Far East Shipbuilding Investment


  • Moscow is interested in attracting Chinese partners to shipbuilding in the Russian Far East, the ambassador to China told Sputnik. Moscow has approached Beijing with a proposal to invest in shipbuilding in Russia’s Far East, Russian Ambassador to China Andrei Denisov told Sputnik. “We are proposing our Chinese colleagues to contribute to the development of our shipbuilding in the [Russian] Far East. We are interested in attracting Chinese partners,” he said.

Russia to become target market for Chinese business

5 Aug, 2016

  • Beijing is Moscow’s biggest trading partner for the sixth year running, an adviser at the Eurasia Department of the Chinese Ministry of Commerce Liu Xuesong told Izvestia daily. “China and Russia share a common border, and our relationship can be characterized as complementary. With the active development of Chinese-Russian relations, it is Russia that will become the target overseas market for Chinese businesses in the near future,” said Xuesong.

Russia, China Warn Against Placing US Missiles in South Korea


  • Russia and China condemn US plans to missiles to South Korea, the Russian Foreign Ministry said Friday. Russia and China condemn plans to deploy US missiles to South Korea, a move they believe will hurt the strategic security in the region, the Russian Foreign Ministry said Friday. Russian and Chinese foreign affairs officials held a fourth round of talks on security in northeastern Asia earlier in the day in the aftermath of the US-Seoul decision to bring Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) missiles to the Korean Peninsula.

China, Russia plan joint military drills in South China Sea

Jul. 28, 2016

  • China’s military said Thursday it will hold joint exercises with Russian forces in the South China Sea, following a recent arbitration ruling that rejected Beijing’s claim to almost the entire strategic body of water. The air and sea drills will be held sometime in September and were aimed at deepening relations between the two militaries and boosting their capacity to respond to maritime threats, ministry spokesman Col. Yang Yujun said at a monthly news briefing.

China withholds Mongolia hydropower loan over Russian concerns – report

July 11, 2016

  • Keeping Russian concerns in mind, China is withholding a $1 billion loan package to Mongolia for the Egiin Gol Hydro Power Plant, Bloomberg reported on July 11. The loan has been stalled until a compromise can be found, the news agency said, citing Mongolian government documents. Mongolia would like to construct the dam on the Eg River near its confluence with the Selenge River, the main source of Lake Baikal. Environmentalists have expressed concern over the hydropower project, claiming it could threaten the lake’s fragile ecosystem.

Russia, China Should Forge New Ties in Innovation Sphere – Deputy Minister


  • Moscow and Beijing should establish cooperation in the sphere of innovation, Chinese media reported Russia’s First Deputy Economic Development Minister Aleksei Likhachev as saying Saturday. The sphere of innovations is less prone to global risks and will greatly benifit for the bilateral relations of the two countries, according to the minister. “I believe that the most important [in Russian-Chinese relations] is to establish and to find new cooperation in the sphere of innovations. It is less of all exposed to global risks,” Likhachev told Chinese CCTV TV-channel on the sidelines of the G20 Trade Ministers Meeting.

China invests $2.4bn in Russian Far East

5 Jul, 2016

  • Chinese companies have invested 16 billion yuan ($2.4 billion) in development projects in Russia’s Far East, according to the regional development minister Aleksandr Galushka. “The volume of investments to the region has already reached 1.1 trillion rubles ($17.1 billion) as a result of new Far East development mechanisms, such as the Advanced Development Territories [ADT – Ed.], the Vladivostok free port area, the Far East Development Fund and targeted infrastructural project support. Those mechanisms are popular with Chinese businesses who had already invested 163 billion rubles ($2.4 billion),” Galushka said in a ministry statement.

Chinese Forces Near Moscow: China, Russia Commence Security Drills


  • Joint Russian-Chinese anti-terrorist exercises involving the National Guard of Russia (Rosgvardiya) and the Chinese People’s Armed Police Force (PAP) kicked off in the Moscow Region on Sunday. The large-scale special tactical exercise is being held on July 3-14 July in Russia’s Moscow and Smolensk regions. The PAP Snow Leopard and Falcon commando units and Rosgvardiya’s Vityaz unit are taking part in the training, a RIA Novosti correspondent reported from the site of events on Sunday. “Neighborly relations between our countries are a strategic line between the Chinese and Russian sides. Today, we are beginning a new stage of cooperation. We are glad to have friendly relations with our partner and are ready to carry out common tasks,” the chief of Rosgvardiya’s general staff, Sergey Chenchik, said.

Russia & China agree production of high-speed trains

27 Jun, 2016

  • An agreement to produce high-speed trains has been signed between Russian and Chinese firms, RIA Novosti reports, citing a company statement. The companies involved are Russian Railways, Russian investment company Sinara Group, China Railway, and the Chinese state owned rolling stock manufacturer CRRC. Under the deal, a plant will be built in Russia to produce 100 trains capable of reaching speeds of more than 300 kilometers per hour.

Russia, China sign rocket engine cooperation agreement

June 27, 2016

  • The governments of Russia and China have signed an agreement aimed at providing legislation governing cooperation in the development of rocket engines and launch vehicles, Roscosmos said. “An agreement was signed between the Russian government and the Chinese government on measures to protect technologies in connection with cooperation in the sphere of exploration and use of space for peaceful purposes and in the creation and operation of launch vehicles and ground-based space infrastructure in Beijing during the official visit of Russian President Vladimir Putin,” a report posted on the Roscosmos website said.

Russia, China to Expand Transactions in National Currencies – Putin


  • Russia and China will expand transactions in national currencies to reduce dependence on foreign market, Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Saturday. “To reduce dependence on foreign market, we are expanding the use of national currencies in mutual transactions,” Putin said after Russia-China talks.

Putin praises ‘all-embracing’ partnership of Russia, China

Jun. 25, 2016

  • Russian President Vladimir Putin on Saturday emphasized economic ties with China and praised what he called Russia’s “all-embracing and strategic partnership” with its neighbor, during a visit to Beijing that takes place against the background of a drop in trade and lingering mistrust. Putin told Chinese Premier Li Keqiang that ties were based firmly on common economic interests, a reference to Russian hopes for Chinese investment and purchases of its oil, gas and military exports. “Our relations really have the character of an all-embracing and strategic partnership,” Putin told Li at the start of their meeting at the Great Hall of the People in the heart of Beijing.

Putin, Xi to agree to step up cooperation in world scene — Kremlin

June 22, 2016

  • During his official visit to Beijing on June 25 Russian President Vladimir Putin will meet with China’s leader Xi Jinping to discuss, among other things, ways of stepping up bilateral cooperation in the international scene, Russian presidential aide Yuri Ushakov told the media. “Russia and China adhere to largely similar or close positions literally on all key issues on the international agenda,” Ushakov said. Putin and Xi are going to agree to step up cooperation at international sites, first and foremost, at the United Nations, the Shanghai Cooperation Organization and BRICS.” Also, Ushakov said, the talks in Beijing will touch upon themes related to China’s current presidency of the Group of 20 ahead of the forthcoming G20 summit due in Hangzhou in September.

China, Russia expected to sign multibillion dollar high-speed rail deal during Putin’s visit to Beijing

20 June, 2016

  • A multibillion-dollar high-speed rail deal between China and Russia is expected to be signed during Russian president Vladimir Putin’s visit to Beijing this week, when the two nations are expected to extend military cooperation. China’s foreign ministry spokesman Lu Kang announced on Monday the Putin would start his state visit on June 25.

Russia wants Hyperloop for super-fast transport in Far East, seeks Chinese funds

17 Jun, 2016

  • Russia’s Ministry of Transport has proposed using Hyperloop technology along a 70-kilometer (43.4-mile) strip of Russia’s first super high-speed transport system. The ministry’s head is also seeking to get Chinese investors involved to fund the project. “I have already held talks with Hyperloop company and its management. We have suggested the investors consider the construction project of the zone within the [international transport] corridor ‘Primorye-2’ in the Far East, with access, across the border with China, to the port of Zarubino,” Russia’s Minister of Transport, Maksim Sokolov, told NTV channel on the sidelines of the Saint Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF). The section would cover 70 kilometers of the developing Primorye-2 corridor, which connects China’s Jilin province and harbors in Russia’s Far East Region.

Russian, Chinese Media Sign Cooperation Agreement at Vladivostok Summit


  • Earlier in the day, the two-day Far Eastern Media Summit opened near Vladivostok on Russky Island, bringing together some 2,000 officials, experts, coaches, and media representatives from across Russia and abroad, including delegates from Japan and China. The delegates are scheduled to discuss a broad range of media-related issues, the future of contemporary journalism, as well as sign a number of documents.

Russia, China Could Evolve Media Projects Related to Stock Exchange


  • Russia and China could start developing joint media projects in order to provide businesspeople with actual information on the financial issues related to the activities of stock exchanges, Director General of the Rossiya Segodnya International Information Agency Dmitry Kiselev said Monday.

Russian-Chinese passenger jet to take on Boeing & Airbus

30 May, 2016

  • Moscow and Beijing are to sign a deal to produce a new wide-body passenger aircraft by end of June, reports Life News citing Russian ministerial sources. The project is part of a reported $13 billion aviation cooperation deal signed in 2014 during President Vladimir Putin’s visit to China. The new aircraft will be a development of the Russian-designed IL-96, according to a source from Russia’s Ministry of Trade and Industry. The 250-280 seat planes will have a range of 12,000 kilometers.

Russian, Chinese military hold drills on defense from missile strikes

May 28, 2016

  • Russian and Chinese military have drilled the protection of the territory from the strikes of ballistic and cruise missiles during the computer-assisted missile defense command-and-staff exercises in Moscow, the Russian Defense Ministry’s Press Service and Information Directorate told Interfax. “The main objective of the computer-assisted command-and-staff exercises is to drill joint actions of operationally formed groups of Russian and Chinese air defense and missile defense to protect the territory from random and provocative strikes of ballistic and cruise missiles. The objectives have been fully accomplished during the drill,” the Russian ministry said.

Win-win cooperation lifts China-Russia energy partnership to new high


  • Energy cooperation between China and Russia, featuring mutually beneficial cooperation in oil, natural gas, electricity, coal as well as nuclear and renewable energy, has been ever growing and has reached a new high. After 10 years of negotiations, China and Russia, during Russian President Vladimir Putin’s visit to China in May 2014, struck a long-awaited 30-year natural gas deal with a total value of 400 billion U.S. dollars. Under the deal, Russia will supply China with 38 billion cubic meters of gas annually via the eastern “Power of Siberia” route, a some 3,000 km long pipeline that traverses the vast Siberia to China’s northeast regions. After the start of pipeline construction on the side of Russia in 2014, construction on the side of China began in June 2015.