Putin arrives in China for a state visit

Russian President Vladimir Putin arrived in China on Tuesday for a three-day state visit, which leads to more than a dozen bilateral agreements. In addition, Putin will attend the summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, which will be held in Beijing on June 6-7.

On the first day of the visit the Russian leader will meet with President Hu Jintao for the scheduled talks between the delegations of both countries. At the end of the talks both sides are expected to sign more than a dozen joint agreements between ministries and agencies, and through the Russian and Chinese companies. In addition, two leaders will issue a statement.

The Russian delegation includes Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin, the Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, Minister of Development of the Far East of Russia Viktor Ishayev, Industry and Trade Minister Denis Manturov, Energy Minister Alexander Novak Transport Minister Maxim Sokolov, head of FSMTC Alexander Fomin, head of the Federal Tourism Agency, Alexander Radkov, director of the Federal Migration Service Konstantin Romodanovsky, the head of “Rosatom” Sergey Kiriyenko, the head of “Gazprom” Alexei Miller, the president of “Rosneft” Igor Sechin, the head of “Transneft” Nikolay Tokarev.

As previously reported, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said in an interview with Xinhua news agency that the leaders will discuss trade and economic relations between the countries and border issues. In particular, both sides plan to optimize the structure of bilateral trade. In addition, China and Russia plan to discuss cooperation in the field of migration, environmental protection, rational use and protection of transboundary waters, said Lavrov.

This year both countries will launch joint checking program for the Russian-Chinese border – the first time after the completion of demarcation.

On the second day of Putin’s visit to China on June 6, he will meet with Chinese Vice Premier Li Keqiang, Vice-President Xi Jinping, the chairman of the Standing Committee of National People’s Congress Wu Bangguo.

On the same day in Beijing will begin informal activities within the framework of the SCO summit, and the summit will start on Thursday, June 7.

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