Vice-premiers of Russia and China discussed the draft agreement on visa-free travel

© RIA Novosti / Ekaterina to Stuckinarut in fotomonster President of the government of the Russian Federation Tatyana Golikova. Archival photo.Vice-premiers of Russia and China discussed the draft agreement on visa-free travel© RIA Novosti / Ekaterina to Stuckinarut the image Bank

The new draft agreement on visa-free travel between Russia and China were discussed by the representatives of the two countries during the 19th meeting of the Russian-Chinese Commission on humanitarian cooperation, said the Deputy Chairman of the government of the Russian Federation Tatyana Golikova.

Co-chair of the intergovernmental Commission from the Chinese side, Vice-Premier of the state Council of the PRC sun Chunlan.

«I can not mention the growth of our cooperation in tourism, this, too, was dedicated today a lot of time, both at the level of experts and at the level of our intergovernmental Commission, experts discussed the strategic direction for this issues, a draft agreement on visa-free travel between Russia and the PRC, operation of the business after the adoption of the law on the guides-translators», — said Golikova, speaking about the results of the meeting of the intergovernmental Commission.

She said that according to the Federal service of state statistics in 2017, Chinese citizens made 1.47 million tourist trips in our country, the growth exceeded 14%, and there is a positive future trend towards increasing tourism.

«It is gratifying to note that unlike previous years, when the main places tourists were Moscow and St. Petersburg, now the geography of Chinese citizens visiting for tourism in our country increases drastically, it’s our regions such as the Amur and Irkutsk region, far East, Primorsky Krai and others,» he said.

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