The president said China will work with Russia to fos

ster stronger synergy between the Belt and Road Initiative and the Ru

ssian-led Eurasian Economic Union, advance negotiations on a Eurasian economic pa

rtnership agreement and enhance facilitation of regional trade and investment.

He said development and use of the Arctic shipping route

s will provide new opportunities, a new platform and new impetus for synergizing the BRI and the EAEU.

Security and environmental protection are crucial in developing these routes, and Chi

na encourages its companies to take an active part and make practical contributions to the commercial ope

ration of Arctic shipping routes and local economic and social development, he said.

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