HARBIN, Jan. 8 (Xinhuanet) -- Economic cooperation between China and Russia
developed rapidly in 2004, with trade hitting the record 20 billion US dollars,
said a senior commerce official.
Speaking at a trade cooperation conference on Friday, Vice Minister of
Commerce Zhang Zhigang said China has finished market access negotiations with
Russia this year, a necessary step for Russia's entry into the WTO.
According to the agreement reached in the negotiations, Russia will impose
less taxes on Chinese goods and will further open its market in Sino-Russian
Zhang said a number of famous Chinese companies have successfully entered
the Russian market. China's biggest TV manufacturer TCL sells more than 400,000
sets in Russia every year,while the Guangdong-based DVD and phone maker Bubugao
Corporation has achieved an annual sale of 100 million US dollars in recent
By the end of 2004, the Ministry of Commerce approved more than 680 million
US dollar investment to Russia, while Russia's investment in China has also
amounted to 450 million US dollars.
"Based on mutual trust in politics, the two nations are starting high-speed economic
and trade development," said Zhang, who said it was of great importance to
consolidate and promote the strategic partnership between China and Russia.
The bilateral trade will grow to 60 billion to 80 billion US dollars
by 2010, the official said.