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Timber from Siberia and the Far East after the Chinese claim India. The export of timber was discussed during the visit of a senior Indian delegation in Vladivostok, 11-13 August, reports India Times.
At the expense of deliveries from Russia, India intends to cover the existing deficit on the domestic market. During the negotiations the sides also discussed projects in the field of extraction of rare earth metals, natural gas, tourism and agriculture. Indian authorities are counting on favorable conditions for their workers in the regions of Russia, including the far East, where they are involved in joint ventures.
The guests were presented by the Minister of trade and industry Pisem Goala, governors of four States and representatives of 140 Indian companies. Russia was attended by Deputy Prime Minister Yuri Trutnev, 11 governors and senior managers of 200 companies.
The publication claims that this is the first case in the history of the visit of such a representative of the Indian delegation abroad. The choice of Russia for this trip, explain the reporters, is associated with the richness of its natural resources, a strong strategy of partnership between the two countries and the good personal relationships between heads of Russia and India, Vladimir Putin and Narendra modi.
The newspaper’s sources said that the result of the talks, Putin and modi will fix the meeting of the Eastern economic forum, which will be held 4-6 September in Vladivostok. The aim of the agreements is the increase of mutual trade turnover to $ 30 billion by 2025.
Earlier in August, the Minister of natural resources of Russia Dmitry Kobylkin announced a possible ban on the export of timber to China. According to the Minister, the Chinese side needs to connect to address the problem of illegal deforestation and their recovery. At the moment China is the absolute leader in the procurement of wood. On it, according to the UN, accounted for 39 percent of the total market. In turn, Russia is one of the leaders in the export of timber. However, deliveries to China because of the long border often pass on “grey” schemes. Attempts to conceal the illegal felling with the help of arson were one of the causes of wildfires in Siberia this summer about revealing such facts in early August, announced the Prosecutor General of Russia.
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