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Putin arrives in Beijing for state visit, SCO summit

2012-06-05 02:54:41 GMT2012-06-05 10:54:41(Beijing Time)  SINA.com

Russian President Vladimir Putin gets off a plane after arriving in Beijing, capital of China, June 5, 2012, kicking off a three-day state visit to China. During the visit, Putin will attend the 12th Meeting of the Council of Heads of Member States of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) in Beijing on June 6-7. (Xinhua/Ding Lin)

Russian President Vladimir Putin (L) is greeted by Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Zhang Zhijun upon his arrival in Beijing, capital of China, June 5, 2012. Putin arrived in Beijing on Tuesday, kicking off a three-day state visit to China. During the visit, Putin will attend the 12th Meeting of the Council of Heads of Member States of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) in Beijing on June 6-7. (Xinhua/Pang Xinglei)

Russian President Vladimir Putin (C) arrives in Beijing, capital of China, June 5, 2012, kicking off a three-day state visit to China. During the visit, Putin will attend the 12th Meeting of the Council of Heads of Member States of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) in Beijing on June 6-7. (Xinhua/Pang Xinglei)

Russian President Vladimir Putin takes a car after arriving in Beijing, capital of China, June 5, 2012, kicking off a three-day state visit to China. During the visit, Putin will attend the 12th Meeting of the Council of Heads of Member States of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) in Beijing on June 6-7. (Xinhua/Pang Xinglei)

BEIJING, June 5 (Xinhua) -- Russian President Vladimir Putin arrived in Beijing Tuesday morning, kicking off a state visit to China.

During his tour, made at the invitation of Chinese President Hu Jintao, Putin will attend the 12th Meeting of the Council of Heads of Member States of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO), scheduled to be held in Beijing on Wednesday and Thursday.

According to Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, Putin chose China as one of the first nations to visit in his third term as president, which shows relations between Russia and China have reached unprecedented high levels.

Top leaders of the two countries are expected to discuss the expansion of bilateral cooperation in various fields, Lavrov said in an interview.

Officials from both Russia and China are going to sign a joint communique on relations and their entrepreneurs will sign a number of agreements, the foreign minister added.

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