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Hu to visit Australia, attend APEC meeting

From September 3 to 9, Chinese President Hu Jintao will pay a state visit to Australia and attend the 15th economic leaders'' informal meeting of Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation.
This was announced by Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Liu Jianchao Monday.
Hu is to make his Australian visit as guest of Governor-General Michael Jeffery and Prime Minister John Howard.
During his stay, he will also attend the APEC economic leaders'' informal meeting, due to be held in Sydney.
APEC is the the premier forum for facilitating economic growth, cooperation, trade and investment in the Asia-Pacific region.
Since APEC''s birth in 1989, it has grown to encompass 21 members spanning four continents, and represents about 40 percent of the world''s population, 56 percent of global GDP and 48 percent of world trade.