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Economy of China-Russia border rises with China's development

06-05-2012 13:25 BJT Special Report:Russian President Putin Visits China |

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Compared to Russia's European region, development in its Far East is limited. With China's economy on the rise, more and more Russians are realizing the opportunities along the border.

Alexei is the owner of this clothing store in Khabarovsk. Several years ago, he got a chance to travel to Harbin, capital city of China's northeast Heilongjiang Province, which borders Khabarovsk.

Alexei, shop owner, said, "At that time, the variety of goods were fewer in Russia. So my friend and I decided to start a business. We thought it could be very interesting. Then I bought the first shipment, and sold the items via the Internet."

The trial turned out to be a success. Now he goes to Harbin to for purchases at least once a month. Like Alexei, there are a lot of Russians who travel to the Chinese side for business every day.

Khabarovsk borders China. It takes only about two hours by boat for local residents to go from one of the largest cities in Russia's Far Eastern region to bordering Chinese county of Fuyuan.

Sun Lijie, former Consul-General of China in Khabarovsk, said, "In the Far East, about 50% of daily consumption goods, such as fruits and vegetables, are imported from China. If exchanges were cut off, the price of daily essentials in Russia's Far Eastern region would rise."

As early as 2009, leaders of the two countries set up a special program on coordinating the development of Russia's Far East and China's northeastern regions. More than 150 programs were listed for the two sides to jointly develop.

Dr. Valeri Tymoshenko, Far Eastern State University of Humanities, said, "China has what we don’t have in the Far East. That is the human resources and technology. While we have what China does not, that is natural resources. If we share these resources, we can create win-win cooperation. "

In Vladimir Putin's short inauguration speech, he noted that the Russian Federation was "entering a new stage in its national development" which depended on, among other things, the country's "determination in developing its vast expanses from the Baltic to the Pacific". Just two weeks later, a new ministry in charge of Far East development was set up.

Joint development is of strategic significance to both China and Russia. And from the perspective of everyday people, it means more opportunities through which they can see improvements to their livelihood.

Alexei, shop owner, said, "I plan to go to more places in China, such as Shanghai, Guangzhou, and Hainan. I have many plans. I would like to open more stores, so that people can have more choices. "

Editor:Wang Chuhan |Source: CNTV.CN

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