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Posted: May 26, 2008

Russian-Chinese hi-tech cooperation is priority - Russian president Medvedev

(Nanowerk News) Russia views hi-tech industries, including civil aircraft building, nuclear energy, space, information and nanotechnologies, as priorities of developing trade and economic cooperation with China, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev told a joint press conference with Chinese President Hu Jintao in Beijing on Friday.
"I am certain that we have the potential to drastically improve the base for Russian-Chinese strategic partnership, primarily through the drastic change in the quality of economic development and its switch to the innovative track," Medvedev said.
"We plan to pay priority attention to hi-tech industries, such as civil aircraft manufacturing, nuclear energy, space, information and nanotechnologies," the Russian president said.
Russia plans to actively work with China to develop the transport infrastructure, extend banking cooperation and establish "civilized forms of labor migration."
"And of course, joint protection of the environment is one of our main priorities," Medvedev said.
People diplomacy is a considerable part of bilateral relations, he said. "The colossal project" on national years was rather successful, he said. "And now we have agreed that the most successful and important events will take place regularly. We have scheduled another large-scale event for 2009 - 2010 - a Year of the Russian Language in China and a Year the Chinese Language in Russia," Medvedev said.
Source: Interfax