China's Hu to attend first BRIC summit

By Staff Writers

Chinese President Hu Jintao. Photo courtesy of AFP.
Chinese President Hu Jintao. Photo courtesy of AFP

BEIJING — Chinese President Hu Jintao is to visit Russia next week to take part in the first-ever summit of leaders of BRIC countries, the foreign ministry said Tuesday.

Hu will leave China on Sunday for a five-day trip to Yekaterinburg in western Russia, which will also incorporate a state visit and regional security meeting, foreign ministry spokesman Qin Gang said in a statement.

The summit of BRIC (Brazil, Russia, India and China) leaders is the first of its kind and comes as the four rapidly-developing countries increase their global clout amid the global financial crisis.

A similar meeting was held in May 2008, but only the foreign ministers of the four nations participated, as opposed to the heads of state taking part next week.

The Chinese government in May denied the forthcoming meeting would be between leaders, insisting foreign ministers would be taking part.

Hu will also be going to Russia to attend the Shanghai Cooperation Organization meeting — a security-based grouping comprising the host nation, China and four central Asian republics.

He will leave Russia on June 18 for Slovakia and Croatia for state visits there, Qin said.

9 June 2009 — Return to cover.