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A SENIOR Russian trade official is visiting the World Expo to prepare for Russia Pavilion Day and a major business and technology delegation aiming to increase China-Russia cooperation.

Stanislav Naumov, deputy minister of trade and industry in the Russian Federation, is the man behind the scenes preparing for the event on September 28.

The economic analyst shared his thoughts about the World Expo, business ties between China and Russia and activities on the pavilion day.

"Expo 2010 is stimulating a vast increase in Russian-Chinese relations," Naumov said.

Q: How will Russia Pavilion Day be celebrated on September 28?

A: I believe Russian President Dmitry Medvedev will visit the pavilion, because he will visit China around September 28. Representatives of Russian business circles, especially those from high-tech companies, will accompany him. They will try to get acquainted with their Chinese counterparts and seek cooperation to develop more mature technologies. The latest research on innovation and new high technology will be showcased at that time.

Q: What's the most impressive display at the Expo?

A: There are many. Chinese enterprises' ideas on future cities are very open-minded and impressive.

Take the China Railway Pavilion, for example. We can see that China has started planning its railway for 2020.

I believe everything that is displayed will come into being. Russia is also pushing its planning on infrastructure construction. If the railway systems of the two countries can combine, it would not be a dream to construct a grand Asian-European railway network.

Q: What is Russia's contribution to the Expo?

A: We expect to make contributions in the field of energy supply and saving. In the Russia Pavilion, we tell people how non-pollution, power-saving nuclear power plants work and provide energy even in extremely severe environments. We also display the latest technology in reducing carbon dioxide emissions and advances in medical care.

We hope the outcomes can be written into the Shanghai Declaration to be issued in October. Russia will also attend the 2012 Yeosu Expo in South Korea, and we hope that our experience at the Expo in Shanghai, which is a milestone in the history of World Expos, can help us make a better plan in Yeosu.

Q: What are the most promising fields for China-Russia cooperation?

A: I believe the best cooperation is based on the similarities between the two countries. I believe Russia and China can carry out promising cooperation in many fields, among which aviation will be a key point.

The Expo inspires me about cooperation in aviation. In the China Aviation Pavilion, I saw that China now has very developed aviation technologies. It's vital that common visitors also showed great interests toward the technologies. I believe Chinese astronauts will be included when human beings set foot on Mars for the first time.

Q: What can the two countries learn from recent disasters, such as the wildfires in Russia and rains and mudslide catastrophe in China's Gansu Province?

A: First, let me express my condolences to the victims of the Zhouqu mudslide. As for the Moscow forest fire, the Russian government is now trying its best to solve food supply and residential problems for the survivors. We are also researching disaster prevention and after-disasters reconstruction. China has rich experience in dealing with natural disaster, which we can learn from.


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