Chinese leader visits oil-rich Russian region – AFP
Chinese President Hu Jintao met industry chiefs in Russia’s oil-rich Tatarstan region on Wednesday during a visit aimed at securing energy supplies and smoothing relations between the neighbouring countries.
In Kazan, capital of the mainly Muslim province in central Russia, Hu met heads of heavy industry such as oil producer Tatneft and visited the Kazan Helicopter Factory together with Tatarstan’s leader Mintimir Shaimiyev.
Hu hailed plans by Chinese car maker Great Wall to begin production this year at a plant in the province, expected to turn out 50,000 cars annually for the Russian and European markets. [Full Text]