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Russian, Chinese officials to discuss military cooperation priorities

November 17, 2014, 19:54 UTC+3 BEIJING

The Russian defense minister is in Beijing where he will hold talks with his Chinese counterpart

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BEIJING, November 17. /TASS/. Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu has arrived on an official visit in China, where he will meet the republic’s military and government officials and participate in a meeting of the Russian-Chinese commission for military-technical cooperation, a defense ministry spokesman said on Monday.

“During his stay in Beijing, the Russian defense minister will hold talks with Chinese Defense Minister General Chang Wanquan. It is expected that the Russian defense minister will be received by Chinese Prime Minister Li Keqiang,” said the ministry official, General-Major Igor Konashenkov, who is accompanying Shoigu on his trip.

“Under discussion at the meeting will be current issues of international and regional security, and bilateral military and military-technical cooperation,” Konashenkov said.

Defense Minister Shoigu and Xu Qiliang, vice chairman of China's Central Military Commission, will also chair the 19th session of the Russian-Chinese commission for military-technical cooperation, the ministry official said.

“During the session, there are plans to consider results of the commission’s work over the past year and determine priority tasks for further cooperation between Russia and China in the military-technical sphere,” Konashenkov said.

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