Chinese President Hu Jintao will attend the G8 summit in Saint Petersburg,
Russia, on July 17 at the invitation of his counterpart Vladimir Putin, Chinese
foreign ministry said.
"At the invitation of President Vladimir Putin of Russia, President Hu Jintao
will attend the outreach session of the G8 summit to be held in Saint
Petersburg, Russia, on July 17," ministry spokeswoman Jiang Yu said.
Hu was expected to participate in discussions focusing on energy, security,
prevention and control of epidemic diseases, African development and other
topics, she said.
On July 16, Hu will also hold a group meeting with the leaders of India,
Brazil, South Africa, Mexico and the Republic of Congo, she told journalists at
a regular briefing.
She did not say where the group meeting would take place. However, the
leaders of India, Brazil, South Africa and Mexico are also expected to attend
As G8 leaders prepare to meet this weekend, there is speculation over whether
their exclusive club should become the G11 by integrating the important emerging
economies of Brazil, China and India.
"When we were deciding on who would be invited to participate in the summit,
the Russian president's position was that it was pointless to discuss energy
security without India and China," said Igor Shuvalov, a top aide to President
Vladimir Putin, ahead of the Saint Petersburg meeting.
"They exercise a great influence on price growth, are leading consumers of
energy resources, and have developing economies," Shuvalov said.
Although China is not a formal member of the G8 group of industrialized
nations, Hu attended the last two summit meetings in Scotland and in France in
2005 and 2004 respectively.
Last year, China overtook Britain and France as the world's fourth biggest
economy, and India is posting comparable growth with its population of more than
The G8 comprises Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Russia and
the United States.