Ahead of his visit to Moscow, Chinese Prime Minister Li Keqiang has urged Russia to step up innovation cooperation in a variety of spheres, from high-tech engineering to energy-saving tech. ‘Innovation cooperation between China and Russia has become a glorious aspect of our partnership,’ Li Keqiang wrote in an op-ed published on Friday 10 November 2014 in Rossiyskaya Gazeta . ‘In this regard, it is important to create a new model of cooperation and expand the share of scientific and technological innovations,’ the Chinese official wrote.According to Prime Minister Li, Moscow and Beijing could step up cooperation in such spheres as high-tech engineering, energy-saving technologies, environmental protection, biopharmaceutics, IT and finance.
He stressed that closer bilateral ties between the two countries in the field of science and technology could give a new impetus to a more comprehensive, strategic partnership and “use the advantage of excellent political relations to assure real benefits for our peoples,” which Li said was the goal of his upcoming visit to Russia. Li Keqiang’s three-day trip to Moscow will last from 12 until 14 October 2014 and will be his first visit to the country since his appointment in March 2013.