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Chinese, Russian presidents meet in Tajik capital

2008-08-27 12:33:25 GMT2008-08-27 20:33:25 (Beijing Time) Xinhua English

Chinese President Hu Jintao (R) meets with his Russian counterpart Dmitry Medvedev in Dushanbe, capital of Tajikistan, Aug. 27, 2008. The Chinese and Russian presidents are in Dushanbe for Thursday's Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) summit. (Xinhua/Ju Peng)

DUSHANBE, Aug. 27 (Xinhua) -- Chinese President Hu Jintao and his Russian counterpart Dmitry Medvedev met in the Tajik capital of Dushanbe Wednesday to discuss furthering bilateral relations.

They are also expected to discuss other international and regional issues of common concern.

This is the second meeting between the two leaders in less than two months. They last met on July 9, on the sidelines of the outreach session of the Group of Eight Summit in Japan.

Hu and Medvedev are to attend Thursday's summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) in Dushanbe, which will focus on economic, security and cultural cooperation in the region.

Founded in Shanghai in 2001, the SCO groups China, Russia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyztan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan. Mongolia, Pakistan, Iran and India are observers of the SCO.

President Hu arrived in the Tajik capital Tuesday for a state visit and the SCO summit.

The Chinese leader is currently on a three-nation tour, which took him to the Republic of Korea and will also bring him to Turkmenistan.

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