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President Hu to attend G8 summit in Japan
Updated: 2008-07-02 09:22

BEIJING -- Chinese President Hu Jintao will attend the G8 summit in Japan from July 7 to 9 at the invitation of Japanese Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda.

Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Liu Jianchao announced here on Tuesday.

Dialogue between G8, developing countries

China and Russia will devote themselves to jointly strengthening the dialogue between the Group of Eight, said a Sino-Russian joint statement signed here Friday.

The joint statement, named Sino-Russian joint statement on major international issues, was signed after talks between Chinese President Hu Jintao and visiting Russian new President Dmitry Medvedev.

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The seven-page statement said both sides are ready to strengthen such international cooperation mechanism as the Golden BRIC (a term created by the economists of Goldman Sachs for the world's four most prosperous emerging economies -- Brazil, Russia, India and China), and the foreign ministers' meeting between China, Russian and India, other than the dialogue between G8 and developing countries.

The G8 comprises Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Russia, Britain and the United States.

China and Russia are also ready to push forward the establishment and further development of other international cooperation mechanisms, on the basis of unified interests, said the joint statement.

The two countries pledged to seek solutions to the challenges and threats facing world and regional security and sustainable development based on agreements through negotiations.

Medvedev arrived here Friday afternoon for his first state visit to China, at the invitation of Hu.