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Putin arrives in China on two-day state visit

Russian President Vladimir Putin. (Photo: RIA Novosti)

By The Voice of Russia | 5 Jun 2012

Russian President Vladimir Putin has arrived in China for talks on boosting bilateral cooperation and to attend an SCO summit that’s due in Beijing on Wednesday and Thursday.

According to Putin’s aide Yuri Ushakov, at least 17 agreements are due to be signed during the visit, including agreements in the field of energy, industrial production and new technologies.

Putin voiced hope in an article in the People’s Daily Chinese newspaper in the run-up to his visit that Russia will start large-scale gas supplies to China in the foreseeable future. He also pointed out that the two countries shared views on the main problems of world politics.

Today, the Russian leader is due to meet his Chinese counterpart Hu Jintao. The meeting will be followed by the full-scale talks of the two countries’ delegations. Once the bilateral programme is over, Vladimir Putin will stay in Beijing to attend the SCO summit.

The parties at the Beijing talks will take up a settlement in Syria and Iran’s nuclear programme.

Informal events on the sidelines of the meeting are due tomorrow, while the summit is scheduled to start on Thursday, June 7.



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