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Chinese President to Attend G8 Summit


China has announced that President Hu Jintao plans to attend next month's Group of Eight summit in Scotland.

A Foreign Ministry official in Beijing Tuesday said Mr. Hu will attend the G8 summit's Outreach Session, along with the leaders of India, Brazil, South Africa and Mexico.

He did not say whether Mr. Hu will hold one-on-one talks with Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi at the summit.

Before arriving in Gleneagles, Scotland, Mr. Hu is to stop in Moscow for talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin. He will also stop in Astana to attend a meeting of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, a regional security organization grouping Russia, China and four central Asian former Soviet Republics (Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan).

The G8 summit brings together the leaders of the world's seven leading industrialized countries (the United States, Britain, Canada, Germany, France, Italy and Japan) plus Russia.

Some information for this report provided by AP and AFP.

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