Strategic partnership of Moscow and Beijing goes to a new level

Strategic partnership of Moscow and Beijing goes to a new level

From June 17 to 20, Beijing hosted a series of events aimed at developing cooperation between the prefectures of Moscow and the territorial executive authorities of Beijing. The past events were marked as the next step in the development of the strategic partnership between the two capitals. The key event was the conference on innovative urban development called "Together into a new future."

The business program was attended by the deputy head of the Department of External Economic and International Relations of the city of Moscow (DVMS) Ilya Kuzmin. He noted that Moscow and Beijing have long-term business and friendly relations, which do not stand still. So, last year was a record for the economies of Russia and China: the trade turnover reached 109 billion dollars, a third of which, if we exclude the raw material component, falls on the exchange directly between the two capitals.

During his speech, the deputy head of the Department for External Economic and International Relations shared with Beijing colleagues his successful experience in implementing and operating systems such as Active Citizen, State Services, Moscow E-School, and presented the Moscow Longevity program. Special emphasis was placed on the importance of expanding and modernizing the transport infrastructure of the Russian capital. “Most of the projects to create transport hubs in Moscow were proposed to be implemented by Chinese companies, now these applications are under consideration,” said Ilya Kuzmin.

One of the key aspects of the discussion at the conference was cooperation in the field of tourism. Travelers from China traditionally make up most of the flow to the Russian capital. To improve communication and speed up the resolution of issues at the federal level, a proposal was made for the creation of special commissions and working groups. “Tourism is not only a large part of economic development, but also a platform for the exchange of cultural values, customs and traditions of different countries. For Moscow, tourists from China are the most welcome guests”, said Ekaterina Pronicheva, chairwoman of the Moscow Tourism Committee.

In turn, Yin Fei, deputy head of the Foreign Affairs Office (FAO) of Beijing, expressed confidence in the large-scale potential of Russian-Chinese technological cooperation, diplomatic relations and ongoing and planned educational projects, including higher technical education. He also supported the idea of ​​creating working groups in the tourist area and highlighted the main advantages of Beijing as a partner city. In addition, the conference discussed the most pressing issues for megacities, in particular, the work on information security, the introduction of digital innovative services.

Within the framework of the visit to Beijing Moscow delegation met with the colleagues from the FAO of Beijing, visited the innovative enterprise RocKontrol Technology Group, which is specialized in creating the Internet software, as well as describing the algorithms of artificial intelligence and cloud technologies. For the first time the representatives of the North-East Administrative District of Moscow and the Tongzhou District held talks. The parties agreed to form a joint working group that will regularly negotiate and exchange relevant information in the field of urban management. In the Chaoyang district, the delegation visited Hanergy Mobile Energy, an innovative enterprise that is a transnational company for the production of clean energy, also known as the world's leading company engaged in the production of thin-film solar cells.

Following the results of the work, representatives of both cities noted the importance and fruitfulness of the discussions and meetings that took place, confirming this with intentions of the practical implementation of their agreements.

Moscow Center for International Cooperation was the main operator of the DVMS events in Beijing.

The visit ended on June 20.

Division for Public Relations, Moscow center for international relations