Date
20 January 2017
Russian President Vladimir Putin (second from left) and Chinese leader Xi Jinping (center) leave a concert marking the 70th anniversary of the end of World War Two in Europe, as fireworks light up the sky over Red Square in Moscow on Saturday. Photo: Reut
Russian President Vladimir Putin (second from left) and Chinese leader Xi Jinping (center) leave a concert marking the 70th anniversary of the end of World War Two in Europe, as fireworks light up the sky over Red Square in Moscow on Saturday. Photo: Reut

China railway firm to build rail, port projects in Russia

A unit of China Railway Construction Corp. Ltd. (CRCC) has signed a memorandum of understanding to build rail and port projects in Russia.

The agreement was one of a series signed between China and Russia on the sidelines of a visit by Chinese President Xi Jinping to Moscow to mark the anniversary of the end of World War Two in Europe, Reuters reported, citing the firm’s stock exchange statement on Monday.

China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation (CCECC) said it has agreed with Russian firm Tuva Energy Industrial Corporation (TEIC) to consult on and help source funds from Chinese institutions for projects including a 410-kilometer track across the central southern part of Russia from Elegest to Kuragin.

The other projects comprise a railway line connecting the Tuvan Republic, in the same area of Russia, to western China, and a port project in eastern Russia.

CECC said the firms would sign a contract for general contracting once the projects obtained financing. It did not say how much the deals were worth.

Last week, Russian Transport Minister Maxim Sokolov said the countries would invest 1 trillion roubles (US$19.7 billion) in a rail link between Moscow and the Russian city of Kazan to be completed by 2020.

Putin said the level of Chinese investment would be around 300 billion roubles.

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