China and Russia to meet on economic crisis

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Leaders of China and Russia will hold a private meeting at the World Economic Forum today to explore common ground for tackling the global economic crisis.

"The premiers of Russia and China will discuss the economic situation in the world and ways to move out of the current situation," a source close to the Russian government said. "A wide range of questions will be discussed, both bilateral and international," the source said.

Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao is due in a Davos speech later today to explain how his country is tackling the economic crisis and ways to cooperate internationally to overcome the financial problems, Xinhua news agency reported.

Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin will later address the roots of the crisis, next steps and modernising Russia's economy, his spokesman has said.