Chinese, Russian cities affirm cooperation deal on freshwater fisheries

The city of Fuyuan, China
Fuyuan, China | Photo courtesy of wangwenbin/Shutterstock
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Two cities straddling the Amur River, which marks the international border between China and Russia, have signed an agreement to cooperate on fisheries development.

Officials from Fuyuan, part of the Jiamusi municipality in China’s Heilongjiang province, signed an agreement with the local government of Khabarovsk, committing the two sides to cooperating on fishery production and processing in China’s northeast corner and in areas north of the Russian city of Vladivostok.

The agreement was signed 11 June, during the first China-Russia Fishery Products Cooperation Forum, which also included a business matchmaking event.

He Da Hai, the top Communist Party official for Fuyuan, said he wants to develop a brand for the city’s fishery products and sees the deal as the first step in attracting “large and well-known companies” to invest locally.

Khabarovsk Mayor Alexander Sokolov said that he hopes to see more Chinese purchases of processed and semi-processed fishery products from his city, which is connected by ferries to Fuyuan and the wider Jiamusi municipality.

The Siberian border region has become a priority for the Russian government’s Russian Far East Development Ministry in recent years, with the region’s role as an access point to Asian markets one of many reasons why Khabarovsk and other cities in the area have become focal areas for investment. 

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