China’s Hu Jintao Arrives in Russia for Talks With Putin
MosNews | June 30, 2005
Chinese President Hu Jintao arrived in Moscow on Thursday for a meeting with Vladimir Putin before he attends a summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) in the Kazakh capital of Astana, and the G8 summit in Britain.
In Russia, Hu will hold talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin and also meet Prime Minister Mikhail Fradkov and the country’s top lawmakers, the assistant foreign minister of China told a news briefing earlier this week.
Hu’s agenda also includes a trip to Novosibirsk where he will discuss cooperation with the regional government, Russian news agencies reported.
Hu Jintao will also visit Kazakhstan where he will attend the SCO summit. Members of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization — Russia, China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan — will focus on cooperation in the economy, security, culture, external relations and international issues, China’s Foreign Ministry said.
China’s president is also expected to attend the G8 summit in Britain.
Upon his arrival at the Vnukovo international airport in Moscow, Hu Jintao told the press he had arrived in Moscow “at the invitation of the Russian President Vladimri Putin and would like to convey to the great Russian people the friendly feelings of the Chinese people.”
He expressed hope for a further strengthening of ties between the two countries.