Putin to visit China in October

BEIJING, Sept 30, 2011 (AFP) - Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin will visit China in October for meetings with his counterpart Wen Jiabao and President Hu Jintao, Beijing said Friday.

Putin will also meet other senior Chinese leaders during the October 11-12 visit, foreign ministry spokesman Hong Lei told journalists.

The two nations aim to expand cooperation in all areas including close coordination on international issues as two of the five permanent members of the UN Security Council, he added.

China became Russia's top trading partner for the first time last year after trade between the two countries grew by 34.5 percent to more than $59 billion.

In a visit to Moscow by President Hu in June the two sides said they would seek to increase trade to $100 billion by 2015 and to $200 billion by 2020.

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