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The meeting was held via videoconference.

Prime Minister of the Russian Federation Mikhail Mishustin and Premier of the State Council of China Li Keqiang discussed a range of relevant issues on the expansion of Russian-Chinese relations, comprehensive partnership and strategic cooperation. Particular attention was paid to cooperation in investment, industry, energy, agriculture and transport, and the need to intensify scientific, educational, cultural and humanitarian contacts.

From the transcript:

25th regular meeting of Russian and Chinese heads of government

Mikhail Mishustin: Mr Lee Keqiang, we are Hinesse Friends,

I am delighted to welcome you to the 25th meeting of Russian and Chinese heads of government. We are videoconferencing this year because of the coronavirus pandemic and I know that this format does not fully meet our needs. Our bilateral agenda is too packed and requires person-to-person contact.

At the same time, even in this difficult situation, our dialogue has not been interrupted. This confirms the special and unique nature of the all-embracing partnership and strategic cooperation that links Russia and China.

For a quarter of a century, this mechanism of regular meetings has ensured the coordination of our hands-on cooperation in all areas and helped find the best solutions to the tasks we face. This opportunity to compare notes on key issues in a timely manner really makes a difference, at all levels. Today we will discuss what has been done in the past year and outline our plans for the future.

Our relationship is based on strong traditions of neighboring interaction and mutual respect and, of course, a centuries-old common history. Last year, we marked 70 years of our diplomatic relations. In 2020, we have marked the 75th anniversary of the Victory. We celebrate together because indeed, during the Second World War, our peoples fought shoulder to shoulder against a common enemy. Now that the world is dealing with the threat of the novel coronavirus infection, we are also supporting each other – we send humanitarian aid, medical specialists, and organize the production of vaccines and modern medicines. I would like to thank our partners for their support. I believe that China’s success in the fight against coronavirus deserves the highest praise.

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