Russians aid China as foreign experts

Updated: 2015-05-09 08:31

By Ren Qi (China Daily)

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Editor's Note: A sociological foundation called Public Opinion set up a survey from April 25 to 26 to find out how Russian people think about a stronger China. The results were released on May 6. It turned out that 77 percent of Russian people believe China is friendly toward Russia. This number has witnessed an obvious jump in the past decade. In 2006, only 48 percent of Russian people who were surveyed thought so.

More than 30,000 have worked here since the 1950s, maintaining relations in many fields

More than 30,000 foreign experts from Russia and the Soviet Union have participated in China's economic development since the 1950s in dozens of field, including agriculture, energy, transportation, education and technology.

 Russians aid China as foreign experts

Russian ophthalmologist Nikola Vasilyevich Dusan examines a patient at Daqing Ophthalmic Hospital on May 6. Ren Qi / China Daily

Nikola Vasilyevich Dusan, an ophthalmologist, came to China in 1998 and became the chief expert at Daqing Ophthalmic Hospital. In his 20 years of working in the city, he helped restore the vision of more than 100,000 patients.

"I really enjoyed my stay in China," said Dusan, who was born in 1947 and was once the director of the ophthalmology department of the People's Friendship University of Russia in Moscow. "The hospital and colleagues have treated me well since I came to China."

In 2009, Dusan was awarded the Friendship Award by the Chinese government, which is the highest honor for a foreign expert in China.

He said he highly valued the cooperation in exchanging foreign experts between the two countries.

"When I came to China for the first time, I needed to bring all my equipment and materials that were essential to operations," he said. "But now in China, modern hospitals with advanced equipment are established everywhere."

Expert exchange policies benefit both countries and help experts from both sides to improve their skills, Dusan said.

According to an estimate by the State Administration of Foreign Experts Affairs, there have been about 6,000 visits by Russian experts to China every year since 2000.

Besides cooperation in medical science, the two countries maintain close relations in the field of applied science.

Igor Bychikov, for example, is a leading scientist for system dynamics in Russia. He has been the director of the Institute for System Dynamics and Control Theory of the Siberian Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences since April 2007.

Since 2010, Bychikov has been to China three times to work with scientists at the Institute of Automation at the Heilongjiang Academy of Sciences on high-tech projects.

"Nowadays, more and more Russian scientists prefer coming to China for scientific cooperation," Bychikov said. "The major reason is because China's economy rose rapidly in the past few years and the high-tech industry has got full support from the government."