13 Oct 2009 09:00

Putin will make official visit to China (repeat)

Moscow. October 13. INTERFAX-AVN - Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin will pay an official visit to China this week at the invitation of Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao.

According to Yury Ushakov, deputy head of the Russian Cabinet office, the heads of governments of Russia and China will have their 14th regular meeting on Oct. 13.

On Oct. 14, Putin will attend a session of the Council of Heads of Government of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO).

Prior to traveling to Beijing on Oct. 12, Putin will visit Vladivostok where he will inspect the progress of building facilities for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit in 2012.

In Beijing, in addition to Wen Jiabao, Putin is expected to meet President Hu Jintao and Wu Bangguo, chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress.

The agenda of the talks between the Russian and Chinese premiers includes strengthening transborder cooperation between territories in the Russian Far East and Siberia and northeast China. The sides also plan to discuss how to minimize the negative impact of the crisis and create conditions for a new rise in bilateral trade and economic cooperation.

The meeting of the heads of governments will be followed by the signing of over 20 bilateral documents.

A joint communique is expected to be signed as well as an inter-governmental agreement on notification on launches of ballistic missiles and rocket carriers.

Industry memorandums have been drafted, namely on cooperation in customs control, on mutual understanding in organizing and developing express and high speed railway traffic in Russia and on the cooperation between special economic zones of Russia and China.

Several interbank cooperation agreements are expected to be signed. Ushakov said that Russia's Vnesheconombank and China's State Development Bank plan to sign a credit agreement for $500 million.