Medvedev presented the order of Friendship to members of the Chinese government

BEIJING, 1 Nov. /TASS/. Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev presented to the members of the government of China order of Friendship. The ceremony was held in the Great Western hall of the people in Beijing.

State award for the big contribution to development of relations between the two countries received the first Deputy Premier of the state Council of the PRC Zhang gaoli, Vice-Premier of the PRC state Council Wang Yang and Liu Yandong.

Medvedev noted that bilateral relations of Russia and China are at a very high level in their history and in this great merit belongs to the awardees. The Prime Minister briefly pointed out the merits of each newly minted cavalier of the order of Friendship. “I and my government colleagues you know work together, including through regular meetings of heads of government, he said. – Work on preparation of regular meetings requires a large and constant attention to do, you need to make a major contribution and Mr. Wang Yang as a co-chair of the relevant Committee copes with it, besides we know you since last year are such a direction as to the development of cooperation in the Russian far East, Baikal region and North-East China”.

Medvedev also noted the importance of development of bilateral cultural and humanitarian ties. “We are grateful to Mrs. Liu Yandong. Personal contact is always the way to trust, closer ties, and trust begins with a strong friendship, – said the Prime Minister. – You take part in the organization of cultural and educational exchanges, the most striking example in this area – cross-Russian-Chinese, who are always with the same success.”

The Russian head of government also stressed that trade and economic cooperation between the two countries is developing successfully. “Implemented really a lot of major joint projects and investment in the energy sector, Mr. Zhang gaoli actively promotes this, we appreciate your professionalism and interest in the work, I want you for is to thank”, he added.

The awards ceremony began on the second working day of the official visit of Medvedev to China. It is expected that Prime Minister will continue talks with Premier of the state Council of China Li Keqiang will participate in the 22nd regular meeting of the heads of governments, as well as in the closing years of the Russian-Chinese media. In the evening his conversation with the President of China XI Jinping.