Hu Jintao, Putin to hold talks in Russia: FM official

Chinese President Hu Jintao and Russian President Vladimir Putin will hold talks during Hu's visit to Russia beginning this Thursday, Foreign Ministry official said on Tuesday in Beijing.

This is Hu's second official visit to Russia as president and he will also meet with Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Fradkov and leaders of the Federal Assembly of Russian Federation, said Li Hui, assistant to the Chinese foreign minister.

Li told a press briefing that President Hu will visit the Novosibirsk region and discuss with local leaders about more regional cooperation.

Hu's Russia visit is aimed at deepening political mutual trust, enhancing strategic coordination, promoting substantial cooperation and expanding regional and personnel exchanges and cooperation between the two countries, Li said.

After Russia, Hu will pay his second state visit to Kazakhstan as president and attend a summit meeting of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) in the Kazak capital of Astana before attending a G8 (Group of Eight) plus five summit in Britain.

The SCO summit, which involves leaders of member countries -- China, Russia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan, will focus on cooperation in economy, security, culture, external relations and international issues, Li said.

The G8 Summit Outreach Session between the G8 and China, India, Brazil, South Africa and Mexico will focus on the world economy and climate change.

Hu will meet leaders of the G8 countries and other major developing countries during the meeting.

The G8 comprise the world's seven leading industrial powers -- Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and the United States -- plus Russia.

Hu attended a meeting between G8 and major developing countries in June 2003 along with leaders of India and Brazil at the 29th G8 summit meeting in France.

The SCO is an inter-governmental organization founded in China's economic hub Shanghai in 2001, which is aimed at enhancing confidence building, promoting regional cooperation and security, and working together for the creation of a new international political and economic order featuring democracy, justice and rationality.

Source: Xinhua

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