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Vladimir Putin, Xi Jinping to hold talks in Beijing on April 26

April 23, 18:09 UTC+3 MOSCOW

Presidential aide Yuri Ushakovrecalled that Russia and China this year would celebrate the 70th anniversary of diplomatic relations

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MOSCOW, April 23. /TASS/. Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chinese leader Xi Jinping will hold talks in Beijing on April 26, Russian presidential aide Yuri Ushakov said.

"All bilateral contacts are due on April 26," Ushakov said. "First and foremost there will be talks with the Chinese leadership and with China’s President Xi Jinping."

The two leaders will synchronize watches in the context of the forum One Belt One Road and discuss the pairing of the Eurasian Economic Union and the Silk Road Economic Belt and ways of lending a practical dimension to largescale Eurasian partnership involving both the EAEU and the Shanghai Cooperation Organization. Also, Ushakov mentioned some other issues on the agenda, such as bilateral political, trading, economic and humanitarian cooperation. Russia-China cooperation in the international sphere will be a separate set of issues to be discussed.

Ushakov recalled that Russia and China this year would celebrate the 70th anniversary of diplomatic relations. Apart from the forthcoming talks in Beijing another major event is due this year: Xi Jinping’s state visit to Russia.

"It will consist of two parts - the state visit in Moscow and Xi’s participation in the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum as the key guest (on June 6-7 - TASS), Ushakov said.

At the forthcoming talks with the Chinese leader the host side will hand to the Russian head of state an honorary diploma of Tsinghua University the Chinese leader had graduated from.

Economic aspect of the visit

As far as the signing of bilateral documents is concerned, a number of business agreements between economic entities are to be concluded.

"A great deal is still to be coordinated, but I would like to draw attention to the fact that we are to receive the Chinese leader when he will pay a state visit in June. The main package of agreements will be readied for that visit to be concluded at a gala ceremony," Ushakov said.

At the talks Russia will be represented by First Deputy Prime Minister, Finance Minister Anton Siluanov, Deputy Prime Minister Yuri Trutnev, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, Transport Minister Yevgeny Ditrikh, Economic Development Minister Maxim Oreshkin, chief of the federal service for military-technical cooperation Dmitry Shugayev, and director of the financial watchdog Rosfinmonitoring Yuri Chikhanchin. On behalf of Russia’s businesses Gennady Timchenko, Oleg Belozerov, Alexei Likhachyov, Igor Sechin, Igor Shuvalov and others will take part.

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