Putin, Xi to Focus on Situation in World During Talks in Beijing, Kremlin Says
© AP Photo / Eraldo PeresRussia's President Vladimir Putin and China's President Xi Jinping walk after the family photo of leaders of the BRICS emerging economies at the Itamaraty palace in Brasilia, Brazil, Thursday, Nov. 14, 2019
© AP Photo / Eraldo Peres
PETROPAVLOVSK-KAMCHATSKIY, Russia (Sputnik) - On October 17-18, the Chinese capital Beijing will host the Third Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation under the theme "High-quality Belt and Road Cooperation: Together for Common Development and Prosperity." The Russian leader Putin plans to visit the forum.
The role of Russia and China in international affairs is growing, so Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chinese President Xi Jinping during talks in Beijing will pay much attention to the world situation, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on October 15.
Peskov explained that this is "because both Russia and China play a very significant role in international affairs, and this role is growing."
"We are united by many integration processes, many associations, which are becoming increasingly attractive to the world community. These associations include countries that already represent the majority of the world's GDP and the majority of the world's population," the spokesman said.
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In addition, Peskov highlighted that Putin and Xi will find time for a trustful private conversation despite the arrival of many high-profile guests at the forum.
"There will be a lot of guests visiting Chairman Xi. Although President Putin will be the chief guest. But there is no doubt in my mind that they will find time for a confidential, face-to-face discussion," Peskov told reporters.
Earlier, China's Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hua Chunying announced that the country's president will deliver a keynote speech at the forum and "hold a welcoming banquet and bilateral events for the guests" of the event.