Sergei Sobyanin, Beijing Mayor Wang Anshun sign 2014-2016 programme of cooperation between Moscow and Beijing governments

A Moscow Government delegation headed by Sergei Sobyanin arrived on a working visit in the People’s Republic of China. A 2014-2016 cooperation programme between the Moscow Government and the People’s Government of Beijing was signed in Beijing

During the meeting with Beijing Mayor Wang Anshun before the signing ceremony, Mr Sobyanin said that Moscow and Beijing were linked by a longtime history of cooperation and that the two capitals were twin cities. He added that Moscow and Beijing continued to actively expand their economic cooperation. “Moscow accounts for 30% of the entire Chinese-Russian trade turnover,” Mr Sobyanin noted. He said tourism had expanded very actively over the past few years and the number of Chinese tourists visiting Moscow increased by about 40% annually. Mr Sobyanin added that last year visitors from China made up the biggest share among Moscow’s tourists.

“I am absolutely confident that your current visit will serve to further strengthen and expand friendly relations between Beijing and Moscow,” Mr Wang Anshun said.

Moscow and Beijing have numerous opportunities for expanding cooperation, the Mayor of Moscow said. “Despite the large trade turnover, direct investment volumes have remained insignificant. Moscow receives an overwhelming majority of foreign investment from European countries,” Mr Sobyanin noted.

The Mayor of Moscow believes that investments from different regions of the world should be well-balanced. “This task implies that our cities, as well as the business communities in Moscow and Beijing, should attain new cooperation levels,” he noted.

Mr Sobyanin stressed that the signing of the cooperation programme would help elevate cooperation between Moscow and Beijing to a new level. The Mayor of Moscow also invited Mr Wang Anshun to attend the Moscow Urban Forum.

The sides signed an agreement on expanding relations between the Moscow Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the Beijing division of the China Council for the Promotion of International Trade.

“It is vital that this agreement succeeds in promoting cooperation between entrepreneurs in Moscow and Beijing. There is every reason for this, especially considering the volume of city investment for developing the municipal infrastructure,” President of the Moscow Chamber of Commerce and Industry Mikhail Kuzovlev told journalists.

In addition, the sides signed a cooperation memorandum between the Research and Design Institute for the Moscow Urban Development Plan and the Beijing Municipal Institute of City Planning and Design.

Mr Sobyanin was briefed on the Chinese capital’s development plan at the Institute’s exhibition centre. He alsowatched a 3D presentation of the history of Beijing from ancient times until the 21st century, including the city’s long-term development prospects.

The highly informative exhibition covering an area of over 8,000 square metres allows experts and scientists from all over the world to exchange their ideas. Visitors can see the city’s general land use plan and a mockup of Beijing (scale, 1:750) with an area of 302 sq. m. The city’s central districts contain scale models of buildings.