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Russian Prime Minister In China

Mikhail Fradkov (file photo) (AFP) 3 November 2005 --  Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Fradkov was scheduled to hold talks today in Beijing with Chinese Prime Minister Wen Jiabao.

According to ITAR-TASS, discussions will likely focus on trade between Russia and China and ways to increase it. According to the agency, Russian officials would like to see trade with China reach $60 billion to $80 billion by 2010.

In the past, Russian President Vladimir Putin has praised the growing economic ties between Beijing and Moscow.

The two leaders have grown closer to counter what they see as U.S. dominance on the world stage.

Last summer, China and Russia held their first-ever joint military exercises. Both countries are also key members and backers of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, a regional security grouping that also includes some Central Asian states.