Reports say the Chinese leader is expected while in Moscow to lobby for a planned Russian oil pipeline to be routed from Siberia to northern China. Japan wants the pipeline routed to Russia's Pacific coast.
The Russian and Chinese sides are expected to sign a series of cooperation documents, as well as declaration, apparently directed at the United States, saying that a monopoly in international affairs is unacceptable. They are also expected to discuss ways of resuming the six-country talks over North Korea's nuclear-weapons development.
Hu is expected to visit the Russian city of Novosibirsk to attend a conference of Russian and Chinese governors before traveling on to Kazakhstan on 3 July.
He will attend a summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) in Astana on 5-6 July.