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Xi to attend WWII celebrations in Moscow

By Xinhua

Xi to attend WWII celebrations in Moscow
Russia's President Vladimir Putin (left) and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping stand together during a signing ceremony at the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse in Beijing on Nov 9, 2014. (AFP PHOTO / POOL / HOW HWEE YOUNG)

BEIJING - Chinese President Xi Jinping will pay a visit to Kazakstan, Russia and Belarus, a Foreign Ministry spokesperson announced on Monday morning.

Xi will begin his visit to Kazakstan on Thursday at the invitation of Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev, spokesperson Lu Kang said in a statement.

At the invitation of Russian President Vladimir Putin, Xi will visit Russia from May 8 to 10 and attend the ceremony to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the victory of the Great Patriotic War in Moscow, Lu said.

Xi will pay a state visit to Belarus from May 10 to 12 at the invitation of Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko, Lu said.

Last week, China's top envoy in Russia confirmed that the People's Liberation Army will, for the first time, send a contingent to take part in a major parade in Moscow next month.

Russia plans to hold grand celebrations marking the 70th anniversary of victory in the Great Patriotic War - the country's term for World War II - on May 9, including a military parade in Red Square.

Li Hui, the Chinese ambassador to Russia, said in an interview with Xinhua News Agency on Monday, "It will be the first time that China has dispatched a marching contingent to take part in the military parade in Red Square."

China's participation in the parade demonstrates fully the strategic coordination between the two countries, the envoy said.

On Saturday, the Chinese embassy in Russia told Xinhua that the Chinese honor guards scheduled to take part in the Victory Day parade had arrived in Moscow earlier that day. The embassy said 110 servicemen had arrived to prepare for the Red Square event.

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