“This year, in the face of a difficult international situation, the coronavirus pandemic and other difficult trials, Sino-Russian trade and economic cooperation has shown great flexibility and, contrary to general trends, has shown impressive growth,” RIA Novosti quotes him as saying.

He noted that in the eight months of 2022, the volume of bilateral trade exceeded $117.2 billion, up 31.4% from the same period last year.

Hanhui expressed hope that the volume of bilateral trade will set a new historical record by the end of the year.

Earlier, the Russian embassy in Beijing reported that the supply of coal and natural gas from Russia to China in August set a historical record.

Igor Ananskikh, First Deputy Chairman of the State Duma Committee on Energy, said that the reorientation of Russian coal supplies to the eastern market will be carried out at an accelerated pace.