President Xi Leaves for Russia

CNC reporting from Beijing
Added On March 23, 2013

Chinese President Xi Jinping left Beijing on Friday morning for a state visit to Russia.

This is the newly-elected president's first visit abroad, after taking the post.

Xi Jinping makes the visit at the invitation of his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin.

During his trip, China and Russia are expected to strike deals to boost oil trade and build a natural gas pipeline.

Latest data show Russia is becoming an increasingly important strategic trade partner of China, particularly in energy...

After the stop in Russia, Xi will visit Tanzania, South Africa and the Republic of Congo.

The Chinese president will also attend the fifth leaders' summit of BRICS countries, to be held from March 26 to 27 in Durban, South Africa.

BRICS is an economic bloc representing five of the world's leading emerging economies, including China, Brazil, Russia, India and South Africa.