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Russia/China: Presidents To Outline 'New World Order'

Moscow, 22 April 1997 (RFE/RL) - Chinese President Jiang Zemin arrived in Moscow today for a five-day state visit that will include a meeting with President Boris Yeltsin tomorrow. They are to sign a political declaration outlining a joint vision of the future world order.

Yeltsin spokesman Sergei Yastrzhembsky says that in the joint declaration Russia and China will "express their vision of how to form the new international order in the 21st century and will speak out against claims by any country to the role of absolute leader."

He named no state, but Moscow and Beijing have been critical of Washington's domination of the post-Cold War world order.

Interfax quotes the Chinese ambassador to Moscow, Li Fenglin, as saying "this new type of relationship includes a refusal to take part in military blocs, ruling out confrontation and any menace to third parties."

Jiang was greeted at the airport by Russian Prime Minister Viktor Chernomyrdin. Following official welcoming ceremonies, the two leaders travelled by motorcade to the Kremlin, where Itar-Tass says Jiang will be residing.

President Yeltsin is interrupting his Black Sea holiday to meet Jiang in Moscow tomorrow.

On Thursday, Jiang, Yeltsin, and the presidents of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, and Tajikistan will sign an accord on reducing troops along their 7,300 kilometer common border -- the former Chinese-Soviet frontier. Details of the treaty have not been made public.