Northeast China's Heilongjiang Province, with its unique geological position,
will have a bright future in its co-operation with the adjacent Far East regions
of Russia, said a top government official during the 17th China Harbin
International Fair for Trade and Economic Co-operation (Harbin
Speaking at the projects promotion briefings of the Amur Region of
Russia and the city of Heihe of Heilongjiang Province, Wang Limin, vice-governor
of Heilongjiang, said the two places are highly complementary to each other and
predicted a huge potential for future co-operation.
locations mean Heihe, a border city in the Northeastern part of Heilongjiang
Province and the city of Blagoveshchensk, in the Amur Region, are twin cities
separated only by the Hengjiang River (called Amur River in Russia), the
Sino-Russian border river.
They are also called the "Sino-Russian twin
cities" along Heilongjiang's more than 3,000 kilometre border with
In 1995, China and Russia reached an agreement to build a
cross-Heilongjiang River bridge from Heihe to Blagoveschensk, as a move to boost
border trade between the two countries.
Zhang Jingchuan, mayor of Heihe,
said that preparatory work from the Chinese side on the construction of the
bridge was already finished, as the National Development and Reform Commission
had approved the project. Heihe is now waiting for the Russian
Zhang said that the feasibility study of the project has been
approved by the Russian side and only needs approval from certain
"I hope the two countries can kick off the construction of
the long-awaited bridge during the 2006 Year of Russia in China, or the Year of
China in Russia next year," Zhang said.
Heihe has already designated an
area of about 10 square kilometres on the Chinese side of the bridgehead as a
future special trade zone, according to Zhang.
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