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Chinese President in Saudi Arabia for Oil, Trade Talks


China and Saudi Arabia have signed a number of agreements boosting economic cooperation.

The agreements came Saturday on the first day of Chinese President Hu Jintao's three-day visit to Saudi Arabia.

Mr. Hu met with King Abdullah, and the two oversaw the signing of the economic agreements. Details of the deals were not immediately available.

Mr. Hu was also meeting today with Saudi businessmen and touring the Riyadh headquarters of petrochemical giant Saudi Basic Industries Corporation. He meets industry leaders in the oil-rich east Sunday.

Mr. Hu arrived in Saudi Arabia today from the United States.

His Saudi trip comes three months after King Abdullah visited Beijing on his first overseas tour as king. The countries signed agreements on energy, economic and trade policies.

China has been looking to strengthen relationships with major oil suppliers as it becomes more reliant on oil imports.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP and AP.

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