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Chinese President to Meet with Russian, British, French Leaders During WWII Commemorations

Chinese President Hu Jintao will hold talks with the leaders of Russia, Britain and France next month during commemorations in Moscow of the end of the Second World War.

An official announcement in Beijing Saturday, says it is not known whether Mr. Hu will meet with President Bush, who will be among scores of leaders attending ceremonies marking the end of the European phase of the war.

China's assistant foreign minister Li Hui says President Hu will discuss international and regional issues in talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin. The official added that there are no plans for a meeting in Moscow between the Chinese leader and Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi.

China says Mr. Hu also will hold talks with the leaders of South Korea, Turkmenistan and Romania.