09 Oct '11, 2am

Vladimir Putin to visit China next week to cement ties, in his first trip since announcing his Kremlin comeback

Vladimir Putin to visit China next week to cement ties, in his first trip since announcing his Kremlin comeback

Vladimir Putin (above) will travel to China next week to cement long-standing ties with the world's top energy consumer, the prime minister's first trip abroad since he announced his planned Kremlin comeback. -- PHOTO: REUTERS MOSCOW (AFP) - Vladimir Putin will travel to China next week to cement long-standing ties with the world's top energy consumer, the prime minister's first trip abroad since he announced his planned Kremlin comeback. Accompanied by a 160-member delegation including top tycoons, Mr Putin will visit Beijing on October 11-12 for energy and political talks with Chinese Prime Minister Wen Jiabao and President Hu Jintao. Mr Putin has paid frequent visits to China in his capacity as president and prime minister since he took power in 1999. His latest visit to Beijing follows his last month's announcement that he plans to reclaim the presidency in a bid that ...

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