Chinese president arrives in Italy for state visit, G8 outreach session
Chinese President Hu Jintao arrived here on Sunday for a state visit to Italy, where he will also attend the outreach session of the Group of Eight (G8) summit scheduled for Thursday in the central city of L'Aquila, Xinhua reported.
In Rome, President Hu will meet his Italian counterpart Giorgio Napolitano, Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi and other Italian leaders to discuss the development of bilateral cooperation.
In L'Aquila, the Chinese president will attend the outreach session of the G8 summit and other meetings.
Leaders from the G8 and major developing countries will hold talks from Wednesday to Friday focusing on the state of the world economy, the financial crisis, climate change, food security, trade and development.
On Wednesday, Hu will attend a group meeting with leaders from India, Brazil, South Africa and Mexico.
At the outreach session of the G8 summit on Thursday, leaders of G8 nations, China, India, Brazil, South Africa and Mexico, as well as Egypt, a special guest of the Italian presidency, will discuss a number of pressing issues, such as the world economy, the financial crisis, and international trade.
The G8, an informal forum of leading industrialized nations, groups Germany, France, Britain, Italy, Japan, the United States, Canada and Russia.
The Chinese president will also attend the Major Economies Forum (MEF) on energy security and climate change on Thursday.
On Friday, he will join discussions with leaders of G8, Brazil, India, South Africa, Mexico and a group of African nations on aid, food security and progress toward the Millennium Development Goals.
On the sidelines of the G8 outreach session, Hu is expected to meet some leaders attending the event to discuss bilateral ties and international issues of common concern.