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Published on : Monday, November 25, 2013
As senior Chinese and Russian officials pledged to promote tourism and cooperation on all fronts between the two countries at the highest level the “Tourism Year of China” in Russia came to an end on Friday, , according to EnglishNews.cn.
Addressing the congregation, Chinese Vice-Premier Wang Yang said the decision to hold tourism year in each other’s country went along the line with the overall development of bilateral relations.
The two sides have jointly hosted more than 600 activities over the past two years, which have greatly promoted tourism cooperation, deepened mutual understanding and strengthened friendship between the two peoples, and consolidated the social basis of the China-Russia ties, said Wang. Noting that tourism cooperation between China and Russia is promising, the vice premier said the two sides should further increase tourism exchanges, expand cooperation, and share experience.
He also hoped the two countries would establish a sound cooperation mechanism in tourism, expand youth exchanges and jointly lift the cooperation to a new level.
The two sides should tap the potential of tourism cooperation, making it a new highlight of the China-Russia comprehensive strategic partnership of coordination, he said.
Golodets, for her part, said she hoped the two neighbors would further exploit the tourism market, facilitate the development of both economies and help improve the well-being of the two peoples.
The tourism year programme, which began in 2012 with the “Tourism Year of Russia” in China, aims to foster tourism ties and humanistic exchanges between the two countries. It is the third theme year following the “China-Russia National Year” and the “China-Russia Year of Language” held in recent years.
The “Tourism Year of China” in Russia was officially launched by Chinese President Xi Jinping and his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, in March 2013. Further cooperation is expected between the two giants in the years to come.