Putin to visit China for WWII commemoration

Russia and China prepare to sign 22 agreements during visit by President Vladimir Putin to China

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Putin and Xi Jinping at a documents signing ceremony at the Kremlin in Moscow, May 8, 2015.

Putin is due to travel to China to join in commemorations of the 70th anniversary of China’s victory over Japanese forces as well as the broader defeat of the Axis powers and the end of World War II, in which China and the Soviet Union were allies.

At the invitation of his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping, Putin and other members of the Russian delegation are expected to hold a range of meetings with Chinese authorities to discuss cooperation on economic and commercial issues.

Russia’s Ambassador to Beijing, Andrei Denisov, said on Thursday,  "I can say that we have 22 documents on the list,"  adding that these documents are related to infrastructure construction and the financial and banking sector.

The Russian Ambassador also said that in late September Putin may attend a dinner given by the Chinese president for the leaders of states who are to participate in the celebrations.

"We also expect to see the CEOs of our energy and metals companies, and also transport companies, as we have many transport projects," the ambassador said.

During Putin’s visit to Beijing, First Deputy Prime Minister Igor Shuvalov - who heads the intergovernmental commission on investments at talks - and Deputy Prime Minister Arkady Dvorkovich - who is in charge of cooperation in the energy sphere - will represent Russia.

TRTWorld and agencies