China’s top legislator visits Russia, attends Eastern Economic Forum

NPC Standing Committee Chairman Li Zhanshu speaks at the Second Plenary Session of the National People’s Congress at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China, March 8, 2022. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rollins

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SHANGHAI (Reuters) – China’s top legislator Li Zhanshu will attend the Seventh Eastern Economic Forum in Vladivostok this week, Xinhua News Agency reported on Sunday, becoming the largest Chinese official to visit Russia since the start of the war in Ukraine.

Li, chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress, is scheduled to pay official visits to Russia, Mongolia, Nepal and South Korea from Wednesday to Sept. 17, according to Xinhua News Agency. She added that he will attend the four-day forum scheduled to start on Monday during his stay in Russia.

Li, who is currently number three in the Chinese Communist Party, is due to retire from his party post at a party congress next month, but will keep his parliamentary post until March.

Chinese President Xi Jinping and Russian President Vladimir Putin announced a “borderless” strategic partnership in February, weeks before Russia invaded Ukraine in what Putin calls a “special military operation.”

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Reporting by the Beijing and Shanghai Editorial Chamber; Editing by William Mallard and Simon Cameron-Moore

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