According to Mr. Valery Fedorov, an expert in Russian Public Opinion Research Centre, in several Russian surveys in recent years, majority people believe that China is a friendly country to Russia, and the main reason for this result is that China and Russia have been continuously strengthened their close political, economic, and cultural exchanges in the past decades. “The Year of Russia”, “The Year of China” and other bilateral activities allowed many Russians understand more about China. The junior journalists of Home and Abroad News Press are always looking forward to interviewing the Ambassador of Russia to China, H.E. Mr. Andrey Denisov. At 9am of January 31st, 2018, our dream came true.
The Russian ambassador to China, His Excellency Andrey Denisov welcomed the junior journalists to the Russian embassy in China. In his welcome speech, he said: “Before the Chinese New Year, we welcomed Home and Abroad News Press junior journalist delegation to our embassy. This is a good beginning of 2018, I am very happy to communicate with the junior journalists and introduce the relevant situation about our country. I came to China in 1978, and this year is the 40th anniversary. I have witnessed the solid development of friendly bilateral relations between our two countries. The leaders of two countries, President Putin and President Xi Jinping, formed the Russia-China comprehensive strategic partnership with new momentum and motivation. Now China and Russia are good neighbors, good friends, and good partners. I would like to ask our Press Counsellor and Press officer to answer junior journalists’ questions.”
A junior journalist asked: “China and Russia are bordering with each other, and both countries are making extensive cooperation to maintain regional and global peace. As junior journalists, we would like to contribute our efforts to promote exchanges between the two countries. How will we collaborative wisdom and efforts to promote communication and cooperation between China and Russia?”
The press officer answered: This is a great question. In fact, this is an important task and mission for the Russian Embassy in China. To achieve this goal, our embassy has made a lot of efforts. For example, in July last year, President Xi Jinping paid a state visit to Russia. In September last year, President Putin came to Xiamen to attend the BRICS Summit. This year, China will host the Shanghai Cooperation Organization Summit. Russian leaders will also attend this event. On the international stage, our two countries have cooperated and coordinated very actively. Last year was the “Year of Media Exchange” between China and Russia, which plays a very positive and important role in China-Russia relations. The Russian and Chinese governments have set up a platform for youth exchanges and hope that teenagers from both countries will actively maintain this priceless friendship.
A junior journalist asked: Russia is the country where citizens are mostly educated, and more than half of the population attended higher education. Russian universities educate many experts and scholars in different fields, such as technology, literature and humanities with consistently topped the international rankings. Every year, students from more than 170 countries study in Russia. This is a very attractive country for me to study abroad in the future. What is the most advantageous major in Russian universities? Thank you!
The press officer answered: Thank you for your question. It is true that Russian universities can educate professional talents in many fields, such as literature, history, mathematics, and medicine. We have very high-level experts in different fields. There are many schools in Russia, including first-class schools in major cities such as Moscow and St. Petersburg. There are about 30,000 Chinese students studying in Russia right now. The leaders of our two countries wish to send more students to each other. Hopefully by 2020, the number of students will increase to around 100,000. I think that in addition to higher education, you can also travel to Russia to learn about Russia’s history, culture, and various background information.
A junior journalist asked a question to the Press Counsellor: “We know that Russia is located cross two continents, Asia and Europe, Lake Baikal, Kizhi Island, St. Petersburg, the great Russian poets and many important historical events during the empire times as well as the Moscow monuments and Statues... All of those are the national pride of Russia, when is the best time to visit Russia? Thank you!”
The Press Counsellor answered: Russia is a large country. You can enjoy beautiful scenery with any kind of weather. It is suitable for tourism or sightseeing. Of course, most people still choose to travel to Moscow and St. Petersburg. During the National Day holiday period, Russia is one of the most popular tourist destinations for Chinese citizens. Moscow is snowing right now, and there are very beautiful snow scenes. The most profound influence on Russian culture is religion. The second is the wars in the 20th century; they have promoted the rapid development of Russian culture. Many monuments, museums, and related movies were recorded.
At the end of the interview, the diplomats of the Russian Embassy in China gave us the Chinese New Year gifts. The junior journalists also presented diplomats with their own small gifts. They wished the Russian diplomats a happy and peaceful New Year in China. The Russian embassy was full of warm greetings, laugh and joy…