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Energy deal likely on Wen's Russia trip
By Li Xiaokun (China Daily)
Updated: 2008-10-22 06:57

Important progress in China-Russia energy cooperation is likely to be achieved during Premier Wen Jiabao's visit to Moscow next week, Deputy Foreign Minister Li Hui said Tuesday.

"China and Russia have a positive and confident attitude toward promoting energy cooperation," Li told a press conference, after announcing that the premier would visit Russia and Kazakhstan from Oct 27 to 31.

Vice-Premier Wang Qishan will reach Russia two days before Wen to attend a bilateral energy dialogue, Li said. "The meeting will see a broad and thorough exchange of views on boosting cooperation in the fields of oil, natural gas and nuclear energy."

Li said the energy dialogue could bring about a "breakthrough" but did not specify. After the meeting, Wen and Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin will sign the cooperation documents.

During his visit to Russia, Wen will also meet with President Dmitry Medvedev and the leader of the Russian parliament, and deliver a speech at a Sino-Russian economic forum.

Wen will fly to Astana, capital of Kazakhstan, on Oct 31 on his first official visit to that country. The Chinese premier will attend the 7th Prime Ministers' Meeting of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization member nations there.