Published: Thu, June 06, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

China’s Huawei signs deal to develop 5G in Russia

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The agreement was signed on the sidelines of a meeting between Chinese leader Xi Jinping and Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow.

Chinese President Xi Jinping and his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, attended on Wednesday a gathering marking the 70th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries.

The two men signed a joint statement on the development of comprehensive partnership and strategic cooperation.

Just one day after the founding of the People's Republic of China, the Soviet Union recognized the country and set up diplomatic relations with it, Xi recalled, noting that many Soviet experts helped new China lay its industrial foundation.

The signing ceremony coincided with the first global video call, using Russia's 5G network, connecting St. Petersburg and the Finnish capital, Helsinki.

A giant panda in the enclosure visited by Putin and Xi at the Moscow zoo.

Russian Federation is the most visited foreign state for me and President Putin is my closest friend and a good colleague.

China has been Russia's largest trading partner, and fruitful results have been achieved in cooperation in energy, aviation, science and technology, and other areas, Putin said.

The partnership has already seen an increase in trade, which grew by 25% in 2018 to hit a record $108bn (£85bn) according to the Kremlin.

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Russian Federation may have had unrealistic expectations from its pivot to the east following Western sanctions over Ukraine, said Alexander Gabuev, who heads the Asia programme at the Carnegie Moscow Centre.

The share of trade with Russian Federation held by China has nearly doubled to 20 per cent since then at Europe's expense.

'The pivot really is happening, ' he said.

For China, a trade war with Washington continues to rage, and neither President Trump's administration nor Beijing is showing any signs of letting up.

Still, Russia needs China much more than the other way round, according to the analyst.

With a shared sense of rejection from the West, Russia and China have hence moved closer together, both in economic and military cooperation, observers say.

Politically, the two countries seem consistently aligned and often vote in unison as permanent members of the UN Security Council.

Ushakov said that "the positions of Russian Federation and China are very close or coincide completely on most worldwide issues", including the North Korean nuclear program, the crisis in Venezuela, and Iran's nuclear deal with world powers.

After Washington criticised its rights record, Beijing issued a travel warning to Chinese nationals Tuesday about crime and police harassment in the United States.

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