Excerpts from Dmitry Medvedev’s remarks at the ceremony:
It gives me great pleasure to bestow the Order of Friendship of the Russian Federation on our Chinese colleagues here today. This award is presented to vice premiers of the People's Republic of China Mr Wang Yang, Mr Zhang Gaoli and Ms Liu Yandong, who are co-chairs of Russian-Chinese intergovernmental commissions.
We have elevated the relations between our countries to the highest level ever, which is attributable to a significant extent to your efforts.
Preparing our regular meetings requires active and constant attention, and Mr Wang Yang as co-chair of the relevant commission has been very effective at this task. Since last year, we have been promoting cooperation in Russia’s Far East, in the Baikal region and northeast China.
We highly appreciate the development of cultural ties with China, and are grateful to Ms Liu Yandong for taking part in organising cultural and educational exchanges. A good example of these ties is the invariable success of Russia-China cross years.
Trade and economic relations are advancing regardless of the overall economic conditions. There are major investment and energy projects, and Mr Zhang Gaoli has been actively contributing to these efforts.