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China and Russia Think Tanks Increase Collaboration for Coordinating Policy

July 24 (EIRNS)—The July 15-16 China-Russia Economy Dialogue at Chongyang Institute for Financial Studies in Beijing, attended by Russian economist Sergei Glazyev (see EIR Daily Alert July 25), is part of a collaborative effort over the last few years between Russian and Chinese think tanks to coordinate policy between the two countries at the highest levels. Most recently the joint group issued a report focusing on the bottlenecks in the economic relationship between the two countries.

Addressing the conference, Glazyev underlined this collaboration, calling for greater efforts in increasing integration between the countries’ small and medium-sized industries, facilitating greater exchanges of business entrepreneurs, and continually optimizing the business environment in both countries. He said with the promotion of joint cooperation between the Silk Road Economic Belt and the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU), the two countries have made breakthroughs in the areas of the economy, society and the humanities, and thereby improved their relations.

Regarding multilateral and major international issues, Glazyev said that China and Russia take a similar stance on opposing hegemonism and actively safeguarding the stability of the international community. He also emphasized the importance of the joint think tanks in working out a program of coordinating and integrating their system of investment and banking in order to promote the two countries’ mutual support and, in that way, mitigate any interference from, or sanctions imposed by, third parties.

Glazyev also stressed increasing their cooperation in science and technology, in education, and in the collaboration between the Russian and Chinese think tanks. He suggested that China and Russia should deepen people-to-people exchanges and run a series of exchange activities, such as a “China Year,” “Year of Russia,” “Year of Tourism,” “Year of Language,” “Youth Friendly Exchange Year,” and so on, in order to enhance mutual trust between the two peoples.

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