The president said China will work with Russia to fost

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

ian-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 routes 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 China encourages its compan

ies to take an active part and make practical contributions to the commercial op

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

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