China's President Hu Jintao
(R) waves after his arrival at the Vnukovo II airport in Moscow March 26,
MOSCOW -- Chinese President Hu Jintao arrived in Moscow on Monday for a
three-day state visit, during which he will attend events marking "the Year of
China in Russia."
During his visit, Hu is expected to meet with his Russian counterpart,
Vladimir Putin, and other Russian leaders, to exchange views on the further
development of the Sino-Russian strategic partnership of cooperation, according
to a Chinese Foreign Ministry official.
They will also discuss important regional and world issues, the official
On Monday evening, Hu will attend the opening ceremony of "the Year of China
in Russia," which is aimed at deepening friendship, enhancing cooperation and
promoting the China-Russia strategic partnership.
Chinese and Russian leaders agreed to stage "the Year of China in Russia"
this year during President Hu's visit to Russia in July 2005. "The Year of
Russia in China" was marked last year.
Hu will also visit a Chinese national exhibition, one of the 200 events
planned throughout "the Year of China in Russia."
The exhibition will be the biggest comprehensive show China has held outside
the country in almost three decades, Yu Guangzhou, vice minister of commerce,
told a news conference in Moscow last month.
China-Russia relations maintained a good momentum for vigorous development
over the past year, marked by frequent exchanges of high-level visits and
effective functioning of various consultation and cooperation mechanisms between
the two neighbors.
Russia is now China's eighth-largest trading partner, while China
is Russia's fourth-largest. The volume of China-Russia trade reached a record high
of US$33.4 billion in 2006, up 15 percent over the previous