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Energy On Agenda As Russian President Visits China

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev is expected to discuss trade and energy cooperation, as well as the nuclear programs of Iran and North Korea, during his three-day visit to China.

President Dmitry Medvedev has arrived in China at the head of a Russian government and business delegation that will be making a scheduled three-day visit to Russia's southeastern neighbor.

Medvedev flew into the northeastern city of Dalian, where he was expected to visit a memorial to Soviet soldiers killed fighting Japanese occupiers in World War II and to meet with a group of Russian and Chinese war veterans.

The Russian delegation's visit is expected to focus on the broadening of trade and energy relations, with Russia interested in further developing business related to Russian supplies of gas and oil to China, which is now the world's biggest energy-consuming country.

A number of agreements, including in the energy sphere, are expected to be signed.

Medvedev's talks with Chinese President Hu Jintao on September 27 in Beijing are also expected to focus on issues related to the nuclear programs of Iran and North Korea.

Both Russia and China are permanent, veto-holding members of the United Nations Security Council, which frequently deals with the Iranian and North Korean issues.

The Russian delegation is due to end its Chinese visit in Shanghai, where the Russian president is scheduled to attend Russia Day at the World Expo.

It is Medvedev's second official visit to China since he became president in 2008.

compiled from agency reports