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Slovakia to be the only EU country hosting Chinese President

Slovakia is the only EU country which will host Chinese President Hu Jintao during his European tour when he arrives here for a visit from June 18 to 19 with a first meeting with Slovak President Ivan Gašparovič, the press department of the Slovak President's Office informed TASR on June 17.

Slovakia is the only EU country which will host Chinese President Hu Jintao during his European tour when he arrives here for a visit from June 18 to 19 with a first meeting with Slovak President Ivan Gašparovič, the press department of the Slovak President's Office informed TASR on June 17.

This will be the first visit of the head of China to Slovakia since the country was established in 1993 and it will mark the 60th anniversary of the forming of the Peoples Republic of China and the 60th anniversary of establishing diplomatic contacts between China and Slovakia, which used to be Czechoslovakia at that time, TASR wrote.

Gašparovič and Hu Jintao will discuss current bilateral and multilateral issues as well as relations between the EU and China. The two heads of states will meet at a business breakfast on Friday, June 19, accompanied by Slovak Economy Minister Ľubomír Jahnátek, Chinese Minister of Commerce Chen Deming and representatives of the business sector from both states. The Chinese President will also meet Speaker of Slovak Parliament Pavol Paška and Prime Minister Robert Fico during the visit. TASR

Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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