Russia-china Friendship Opens New Chapter in Winter Olympics

2022-06-02 0 By

“The Beijing Winter Olympics will undoubtedly become a global event.I am confident that China will overcome the impact of COVID-19 and host the Winter Olympics at a high level.””I will cheer for every Russian athlete, especially the ice hockey team,” Andrei Denisov, Russian ambassador to China, said in an interview with this newspaper.As a resident diplomat in China, I will also cheer for the Chinese team.”At the beginning of last year, diplomatic envoys and senior diplomats from more than 30 countries visited Zhangjiakou under the auspices of the Chinese Foreign Ministry and boCOG. What they saw and heard impressed Denisov deeply: “There is still one year left before the games, and the stadium construction has been basically completed, which fully proves China’s ability to prepare for sports events.”Denisov was deeply impressed by one of the main venues, the National Ski jumping Center “Snow Ruyi”.He said it was difficult to build such a technologically advanced and imposing venue in the middle of a mountain.What is more valuable is that the venue design also fully reflects the unique beauty of traditional Chinese elements. “At that time, we could experience snowboarding on the ski trail, but I was a little nervous and didn’t try it. I feel very sorry now.”Denisov told reporters that at the beginning of the New Year, Russia will have “double happiness” : on the one hand, the Russian Olympic Committee will send a strong delegation to the Winter Olympics.Denisov said that more than 210 athletes will participate in the Beijing Winter Olympic Games, in addition to coaches, team doctors, technical personnel composed of a support team, the total number of more than 500 people.On the other hand, Russian President Vladimir Putin will visit China and attend the opening ceremony of the Beijing Winter Olympic Games, renewing the engagement between the two heads of state.Denisov said that when President Putin visited China in 2018, he and President Xi Jinping watched a friendly ice hockey match between Russia and China’s youth in Tianjin. “The visit of the two heads of state greatly encouraged the children to play at a better level.The joint presence of the two heads of state at the opening ceremony of the Beijing Winter Olympics will also encourage athletes to achieve better results.”Denisov said there are many bright spots in Russia-China relations in 2021.The heads of state of Russia and China have held four telephone meetings and maintained close strategic communication.On the 20th anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of Good-neighborliness, Friendship and Cooperation between China and Russia, the two heads of state jointly announced the extension of the Treaty.In addition, Russia-China trade will continue to buck the trend in 2021.According to China’s General Administration of Customs, russia-China trade reached a record high of nearly 147 billion US dollars in 2021, surpassing the pre-epidemic level.Denisov said that Russia and China have actively promoted the steady development of practical cooperation in economy, trade, energy, science and technology and conducted communication and coordination on international and regional issues.Russia-china strategic coordination has become an important and positive factor in effectively resolving various international hotspot issues and maintaining international peace.As for the noise made by some countries against the Beijing Winter Olympics, Denisov admitted that it is not worth paying attention to.”Whenever a country hosts a big event full of positive energy, there are always a small number of people who seek to disrupt it for narrow political interests.Russia faced similar problems when it hosted the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi.As time goes by, people will only remember the wonderful Games.”China and Russia enjoy close sports exchanges. Under the personal care and promotion of the heads of state of the two countries, the China-Russia Sports Exchange Year will be held this year and next.Andrei denisov, said the two countries in the field of sports also have complementary advantages, Russia has the advantages on project in winter, while China during the summer project performance in bright eye, “we will be able to communicate with the aid of the winter Olympics opportunity experience, in the broad cooperation in many aspects of competitive sports, mass sports, make sports exchanges between the two peoples friendship bridge”.(Qu Songqu Pei, Reporter of Our Newspaper) People’s Daily (Version 03, February 02, 2022)