With both Russia and China having rising tensions with the West, the two countries have now opened the first cross-border bridge (Blagoveshchensk-Heihe bridge) across the Amur River (Heilongjiang River in China), connecting the two countries from Russia’s Blagoveshchensk City and China’s Heihe City. This new bridge not only connects the two countries physically but is also evidence that Russia and China are strengthening their ties amid Russia’s economic isolation from the international market.

The Russians were not at all hiding the fact that the bridge was more than just infrastructure. According to Russian Deputy Prime Minister and Presidential Envoy to the Far Eastern Federal District Yury Trutnev, the Blagoveshchensk-Heihe bridge between Russia and China has a “special symbolic meaning” in the current political climate concerning Russia, China, and the US, calling it a “fragmented world.”

“In today’s fragmented world, the Blagoveshchensk-Heihe bridge between Russia and China has a special, symbolic meaning. It will become yet another line of friendship, connecting the peoples of Russia and China. The construction began in 2016, with thousands of people from both China and Russia taking part and working 24/7,” Trutnev stated.

“By expanding the border infrastructure, we are creating favorable conditions for developing the economy of both countries, for jointly using various advantages, and we are helping improve the life of citizens of the Russian Federation and the People’s Republic of China,” he added.