Journalists from Yakutia visited China with a nine-day press tour at the invitation of the Consulate General of the People's Republic of China in Khabarovsk. They visited a lot of interesting places - EXPO, Harbin Conservatory and the big theater, visited the traditional tea ceremony.
"This is the first large-scale press tour of representatives of the Far Eastern Federal District in the history of our bilateral relations. I hope that such events will become traditional and will serve to strengthen Russian-Chinese cooperation," the Chinese Consul General in Khabarovsk, Guo Zhijun, told journalists.
According to him, the press tour was organized within the framework of the Year of Russian-Chinese Media. Yakut journalists took part in 4th Russian-Chinese EXPO, the Harbin International Trade and Economic Exhibition and 2nd Russian-Chinese AgroForum.
"Yakutia is constantly participating in EXPO in Harbin, and this year also takes part in 2nd Russian-Chinese Agricultural Forum, which is especially important for us. At EXPO, we plan to conclude profitable contracts and find common ground with business partners in China. At present, we place special emphasis on twinning relations between the provinces of China and our uluses. For example, just the other day Neryungri and Tomponsky districts "made friends" with Heihe,” told YSIA the Permanent Representative of Yakutia to the Far Eastern Federal District Georgy Nikonov.
Harbin, the capital of the Heilongjiang province bordering with Russia, became the center of EXPO in June. Governor Lu Hao participated in the opening ceremony.
On the vast territory of the international exhibition the "Russian" hall was noticeably different. The businessmen who arrived in Harbin from different parts of China came to get acquainted with the expositions.
More than 200 representatives of enterprises of the Far East came to EXPO, the business community of Russia was also represented by businessmen from Moscow and St. Petersburg, Sverdlovsk and Chelyabinsk regions, the Khabarovsk Territory, the Amur and Nizhny Novgorod regions.
"We participate in the fair for the second year, brought candy and biscuits. The market of China is interesting for us, we adapt to local tastes, we study what the Chinese like. We are satisfied with the fact that Yakutia has developed close partnership relations. The region is important for us, it so happened that our factory delivers sweets and biscuits to the republic," said Acting Director of the confectionery factory "Zeya" Denis Uvarov.
During the press tour, Russian journalists met with the Deputy Mayor of the People's Government of Harbin City, Shi Jiaxin.
"Yakutsk and Harbin became sister cities in 2008. We have hundreds of your students studying, we maintain close business and friendly relations with the administration of Yakutsk. Even in terms of climate, our capitals are very similar - Harbin is as cool and northern as Yakutsk,” said the Mayor.
Journalists visited the Harbin Conservatory, where 300 students from Russia study and more than a dozen teachers from St. Petersburg work, as well as the Harbin Grand Theater. Both institutions are a great pride of the province.
In Beijing, media representatives visited the biochemical corporation Bo Ao, the Great Wall of China, and also attended a traditional tea ceremony.
At the end of the press tour, journalists of the Khabarovsk Territory and Yakutia met at an official evening with the Chinese Consul General Guo Zhijun. "I'm sure now China and Russia have the best period in relations: we trust each other, support and are ready for cooperation," he stressed.