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(From Agence France Presse)
The prime ministers of China, Russia and four Central Asian republics have begun a day of talks in Beijing, the state-run Xinhua news agency reported.
Tuesday's meeting, within the framework of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, is expected to focus on economic cooperation, while the war on terror and the continuing US military presence in Central Asia are also likely to be on the agenda.
The meeting began with "small-group talks" at about 9:00 am which were scheduled to be followed by the start of formal discussions 45 minutes later, Xinhua reported.
The prime ministers will sign and issue a joint statement …