Lavrov: Russia expects to deepen partnership with China
Moscow hopes for partnership relations with a new "generation" of Chinese leaders that will come to power through the Congress of the Communist Party of China. This was announced by Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov.
"We do not expect any surprises. We believe that China will continue to deepen our partnership ensuring continuity. We are ready, we are interested in it," - said Lavrov.
The Eighteenth Congress of the CPC opens in Beijing on November 8. The "fifth generation" of party leaders will be elected there - a new Central Committee of the Party, the Secretariat, the Politburo of the Central Committee, the Politburo Standing Committee, as well as the new General Secretary of the CPC Central Committee which is to take the post of paramount leader of the PRC in March.
As expected, Xi Jinping, who currently holds the position of Vice President of China will replace Hu Jintao as General Secretary. By tradition, the CPC Central Committee General Secretary is the paramount leader of China, so it is expected that in March 2013 at the session of the National People's Congress (NPC, China's top legislative body), Xi Jinping will be confirmed as the paramount leader of China.
At the NPC session in March a new head of government of the PRC will also be approved. As expected, Wen Jiabao can be replaced by its current deputy Li Keqiang as Premier of the State Council.