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Duma speaker starts visit to China

May 26, 2013, 5:52 UTC+3

The Russian delegation headed by Naryshkin is planned to meet with Chinese President Xi Jinping

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MOSCOW, May 26 (Itar-Tass) -State Duma Speaker Sergei Naryshkin starts his visit to China this Sunday.

The Russian delegation headed by Naryshkin is planned to meet with Chinese President Xi Jinping and Head of the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress (NPC) Zhang Dejiang.

The speaker of the Russian parliament's lower house will also participate in the work of the sixth meeting of the Russian-Chinese parliamentary commission on cooperation between the State Duma and the NPC.

Coordinator of the parliamentary group for ties with the Chinese parliament Sergei Shtogrin of the CPRF told Itar-Tass that meetings of the commission were held annually alternately in Russia and China. Parliament members at the meetings exchange legislative experience in various areas, he said.

The next meeting will discuss a legislative basis for major projects of bilateral cooperation, including in the areas of energy, innovation technologies and the transport infrastructure. The sides are also expected to discuss the experience in the area of social support for citizens and regulation of activities of non-governmental organizations.

One more theme is cooperation at international parliamentary forums for Russia and China to come out with a consolidated position on issues the two countries have coinciding views on, Shtogrin said.

The legislators also plan to raise issues of activities of youth parliaments in the context of the Years of Youth Exchanges in 2014-15 and outline their plans.

Russia and China are interested to have all the true words of friendship and strategic partnership constantly confirmed by concrete steps in various spheres and areas of mutually beneficial cooperation, First Vice-Speaker of the State Duma and Deputy Chairman of the CPRF Central Committee Ivan Melnikov said in an interview to Itar-Tass. He is in charge of interparliamentary relations with China.

The parliaments of the two countries play a great role here as initiators of some or other steps and as control bodies stimulating the executive authorities to work actively and without delays in all the directions of bilateral cooperation, he noted.

In the schedule of the visit is also the participation in the Russian Cinema Week opening ceremony.

The State Duma delegation on May 28 will visit Harbin, where it will meet with leaders of the Chinese province of Heilongjiang. Naryshkin will address students of the Russian-Chinese institute at Heilongjiang University, in which, according to Shtogrin, about 2,000 students from Russia study.

The Russian legislators will also lay wreaths at the monument to Soviet soldiers who died when liberating Manchuria from the Japanese in 1945.




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