The interest of Chinese big business in the region is understandable – in the Saratov region they want to launch the production of electric vehicles of the FAW concern, this is a state-owned company, the oldest Chinese auto concern.
The joint project is being launched by Alfa Tech, Penza LLC, which has settled on the premises of the former private technopark RosBytKhim in Engels. In this regard, on February 11, Saratov is receiving a large delegation from China. But the most interesting guest is expected a little later.
– Xi Jinping’s son-in-law, a very rich man, arrives somewhere at the end of February, we will try to shake him up here so that … He has $ 150 billion of his own money, – Dmitry Ayatskov said.
Dmitry Ayatskov did not explain what they are going to shake the relative of the head of a friendly state for. But it seems to be about Deng Jiagui, the husband of the sister of Chinese leader Qi Qiaoqiao, a big businessman who made a fortune on development projects.
According to open data, Deng Jiagui is a Canadian citizen, but permanently resides in Hong Kong. According to the foreign press, Deng Jiagui has successfully invested in rare earth metals and real estate.
In 2012, when the sensational “Panamagate” happened, data about him also surfaced in the documents of Mossack Fonseca. According to Bloomberg, Deng Jiagui and his wife owned the assets of Shenzhen Yuanwei Investment Co and other organizations of the Yuanwei group for a total of $372.8 million. It was subsequently announced that the couple sold their pre-IPO shares and transferred ownership of the holding company back in 2013.
But offshores are offshores, and if a big businessman from among persons close to the head of China really gets to Saratov, this will be a louder visit than the arrival of Roman Abramovich, whose funds were involved in the arrangement of the Space Conquerors Park.
In turn, Deng Jiagui is more likely to be involved in the development of the Stolypinsky industrial park: the conversation at the Duma commission was primarily about him. In addition, Senator Andrey Denisov, a former Russian ambassador to China, became the curator of the park in October last year.
The total area of the park, as Dmitry Ayatskov recalled, was 130 hectares. So far, 84 hectares have been transferred to the disposal of its management company from the mayor’s office of Saratov. Meetings with resource supply companies regarding the supply of communications to the park were held. The connection issue is expected to be resolved by August 1. There were even negotiations with Russian Railways, the railway workers are ready to bring a separate branch to Stolypinskoye.
50 million rubles were spent on survey work, now the park needs design and estimate documentation, which was tentatively estimated at 100 million. Only if there is a project, the Ministry of Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation will be able to allocate subsidies to the Saratov facility – up to half a billion rubles.
Potential residents have also been found who are ready to launch their projects worth 1.7 billion rubles in the industrial park. But for them to come, the industrial park itself must first appear.
Dmitry Ayatskov spoke enthusiastically about Alfarus electric cars, which FAW plans to produce together with Penza partners in the Saratov region. According to him, talks are underway with the Plant of Autonomous Current Sources about the production of batteries for new cars. The project of the “Scientific Center “AIT” was presented in November last year just at the Development Center of the Saratov agglomeration.
Dmitry Ayatskov goes even further in his plans. He noted that, ideally, 100% of the components for new electric cars should be Russian. The only question is whether China will go for it.