Russian Prime Minister Mishustin to visit China to meet Xi Jinping

Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin will visit China to hold talks with the country's leaders next week.

The Russian prime minister's office said on Friday that Mishustin will pay a visit on Tuesday and Wednesday to meet with Chinese President Xi Jinping and Premier Li Qiang.

The office said the leaders will discuss cooperation in the areas of trade, economy and energy, and that the signing of a number of bilateral agreements is also planned.

China's foreign ministry also announced Mishustin's visit and said the two sides will exchange views on practical cooperation and issues of common concern.

A spokesperson for the ministry said China hopes Mishustin's visit will further strengthen bilateral cooperation and deepen people-to-people and local exchanges, adding momentum to the recovery of the global economy.

Both sides said Mishustin will also visit Shanghai, where he will deliver a speech at a China-Russia business forum.

In March, Xi visited Moscow and met with President Vladimir Putin.

Observers say Russia and China want to demonstrate their unity to counter the West, as the G7 summit opened in Hiroshima on Friday.