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Local leaders from China, central and eastern Europe to meet in SW China


18:21, July 01, 2013

BEIJING, July 1 (Xinhua) -- A conference of local leaders from China and central and east European countries will be held in southwest China's Chongqing Municipality from July 2 to 4, a Foreign Ministry spokeswoman announced Monday.

Macedonian Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski and his Romanian counterpart Victor-Viorel Ponta will attend the conference, as well as meet President Xi Jinping and Premier Li Keqiang on a separate trip to Beijing, spokeswoman Hua Chunying said at a daily news briefing.

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban, another attendee who was scheduled to visit China from July 3 to 6, will absent due to domestic issues, Hua said.

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