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Interview: Tsang views Hong Kong as Russia's best business partner in Asia

09-03-2010 11:32 BJT

By Xinhua writers Hai Yang, Wei Dafang and Zhao Jialin

MOSCOW, Sept. 2 (Xinhua) -- Donald Tsang Yan-Kuen, Chief Executive of China's Hong Kong Special Administrative Region ( HKSAR), who was currently on a visit to Russia, said here Thursday that Hong Kong was the "best business partner" for Russia in Asia.

Chinese Hong Kong and Russia have locked several key cooperative sectors, including technical innovations, in particular communications and information technology, as well as financing, Tsang told Xinhua in an interview.

According to Tsang, Chinese mainland, the United States and the European Union (EU) are three traditional markets for Hong Kong.

Since the U.S. "already saturated" and the EU "full of challenges," he said, Hong Kong was currently in urgent need to seek new markets.

"For us, Russia, the Middle East and India are the most important targets," he said.

Along with Tsang some 30 Hong Kong representatives, such as presidents of service companies, board chairmen and senior regulators, have also come to Russia.

"This reflects our attention to Russia, a key market," said Tsang.

Statistics showed that from 2005 to 2009, bilateral trade volume between Hong Kong and Russia has witnessed an average annual growth of 12.5 percent.

In the first half of 2010, bilateral trade volume surged 113 percent to 1.1 billion U.S. dollars as compared with the same period last year.

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