President Xi to attend Eastern Economic Forum in Russia

By Yang Sheng Source:Global Times Published: 2018/9/7 15:49:33 Last Updated: 2018/9/9 11:12:32

Chinese President Xi Jinping will attend the fourth Eastern Economic Forum (EEF) from September 11 to 12 in Vladivostok, Russia at the invitation of Russian President Vladimir Putin, Foreign Ministry spokesperson Lu Kang said at a press briefing in Beijing Friday.

Xi will attend bilateral and multilateral events at the forum, with the most important one being his meeting with Putin, the third meeting between the two leaders this year, Assistant Foreign Minister Zhang Hanhui said.  

This is the first time for a Chinese head of state to attend the annual economic forum in Russia, and although the visit is not a state visit, it remains significant, Zhang said. "The upcoming meeting will guide the development of China-Russia relations in the next stage, and the two leaders will discuss major global issues to improve the strategic coordination in the international arena."

The two leaders will witness the signing of documents on China-Russia cooperation, attend a press conference, and a series of activities featuring cultural exchanges, trade and regional cooperation, Zhang told reporters. "President Xi will also attend a banquet hosted by the Russian president."

Xi will deliver a keynote speech at the forum, and will engage in friendly exchanges with other national leaders, Zhang said.

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un might also attend the forum since Russia has already invited him. But Kim's attendance remains unconfirmed, and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will also attend the forum, TASS reported.

On meetings between the Chinese President and other leaders at the forum, Zhang said, "Should we receive any proposal from other countries (to meet with the Chinese President), China will favorably consider these proposals."

The EEF is an annual forum held since 2015 in September in Vladivostok to encourage regional and international cooperation to develop the Russian Far East, the Xinhua News Agency reported.

Regional cooperation

2018 is the year of China-Russia regional cooperation, and the Far-East Area cooperation is the most successful one, Zhang said at the press briefing. "Dialogue among regional leaders from China and Russia will also be held in Vladivostok. Senior officials from China's nine provinces and municipalities and 13 of Russia's federal subjects will attend the dialogue, which will make the scale of the dialogue unprecedented."

The meeting hopes to boost China-Russia regional cooperation by setting Northeast China-Far East Russia cooperation as a successful example of broadening and deepening regional cooperation between the two countries, Zhang noted.

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