Russian President Vladimir Putin will pay a state visit to China on June 25 at the invitation of his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping, according to China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Xi and Putin will hold talks to discuss further development of China-Russia relations and cooperation, with a slate of political and business agreements expected to be signed, the ministry’s spokesperson Hua Chunying said at Monday’s news briefing.
The agreements include a multi billion-dollar high-speed rail deal between the countries, Global Times reported, citing South China Morning Post.
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Discussions over the UN, BRICS and G20 will also be on the two leaders’ agenda. Forbes meanwhile suggests that Putin will use the visit as an opportunity to discuss China's potential membership in the Eurasian Economic Union.
The brainchild of Kazakhstan leader Nursultan Nazarbayevm, the union is seen by Russia as protection against the influence of the European Union.