On April 13, 2017 local time, Vice Premier Zhang Gaoli met with President Vladimir Putin of Russia in Moscow during his visit to Russia upon invitation.
Zhang Gaoli first conveyed the warm greetings and best wishes from President Xi Jinping. Zhang Gaoli said that in recent years, under the strategic guidance and the personal promotion of the two heads of state, China-Russia relations have kept setting new goals and reaching new strategic heights step by step, yielding fruitful achievements. Zhang Gaoli introduced the positive progress that China and Russia had recently made in the cooperation in such fields as energy, investment and finance, emphasized that the main task of his visit is to comprehensively review the achievements of cooperation in the fields mentioned above, and actively discuss new measures to implement the important consensus reached by the two heads of state, so as to prepare more achievements for the meeting between the two heads of state.
Zhang Gaoli pointed out that China will host the International Cooperation Summit Forum on the "Belt and Road" Initiative from May 14 to 15 this year in Beijing. China regards Russia as an important partner among the countries along the "Belt and Road" and will make considerate arrangements for President Vladimir Putin's attendance at the forum. The docking between the construction of the "Belt and Road" and the Eurasian Economic Union (EEU) is the strategic consensus reached by President Xi Jinping and President Vladimir Putin. The relevant departments of the two sides are speeding up the promotion and implementation of the consensus and actively pushing forward cooperation in specific fields. China values most and actively supports the "Asia-Europe Partnership" initiative put forward by Russia, and the departments concerned of both countries will further study and discuss practical measures. The two sides should accelerate the construction of major energy projects, focus on expanding investment cooperation, and actively explore cooperation in fiscal and financial fields, so as to better promote the common development and revitalization of both countries.
Vladimir Putin asked Zhang Gaoli to convey his warm greetings and best wishes to President Xi Jinping and expressed his delight for his future attendance at the International Cooperation Summit Forum on the "Belt and Road" initiative in China at the invitation of President Xi Jinping. He extended his welcome to Zhang Gaoli for his attendance at the relevant meetings of bilateral mechanisms in Russia, and pointed out that Russia-China bilateral trade volume had rapidly increased since last year, with the trade structure gradually improved. The cooperation between the two sides in major projects like energy has been advanced steadily. The East Route natural gas pipeline project and Yamal liquefied natural gas (LNG) project are carried out smoothly, and the West-Route natural gas project is under negotiation. Vladimir Putin emphasized that Russia welcomes Chinese investors to actively participate in Russia's economic development. The two sides, on the basis of the existing cooperation, should further explore new cooperation fields, so as to add new impetus into Russia-China comprehensive strategic partnership of coordination.
On April 12, Zhang Gaoli and First Deputy Prime Minister Igor Shuvalov of Russia held the fourth meeting of the China-Russia Investment Cooperation Committee. The two sides stressed to deepen the coordination of the development strategies between the two countries as well as jointly push forward the docking and cooperation between the "Belt and Road" construction and the EEU. Both sides should actively promote the 73 key cooperation projects determined in the meeting as well as continue giving full play to major cooperation projects in terms of their leading role in the bilateral investment cooperation. The two sides will supervise the respective enterprises to launch the listed projects at an early stage according to commercial principles and provide necessary guidance and service. We should actively promote cooperation among regions and small and medium-sized enterprises. The two sides agreed to integrate China-Russia regional investment cooperation within the work of the committee and considered setting up a "Sub-committee of Small and Medium-sized Enterprises Investment Cooperation" under the framework of the committee. After the meeting, the two sides signed the minutes of meeting.
On the same day, Zhang Gaoli and Deputy Prime Minister Arkady Dvorkovich of Russia held the co-chairs' meeting of the China-Russia Energy Cooperation Committee, exchanging views and reaching broad consensus on China-Russia cooperation in major energy projects. The two sides stressed to continue deepening energy cooperation, actively promote the progress of the China-Russia East-Route natural gas pipeline project and the Yamal LNG project, strengthen the upstream project cooperation in oil gas, carry out cooperation in gas storage, gas power generation, and gas engine fuel, and actively advance cooperation in standard recognition and conformity assessment, so as to push the energy cooperation between the two countries for more practical results.
During the visit, Zhang Gaoli also respectively met with Secretary General of the Commission for Strategic Development of the Fuel and Energy Sector and Environmental Safety and President of Rosneft Oil Igor Sechin, Presdient of Gazprom Alexey Miller, exchanging views on further cooperation between the two sides.