Zhukov, who is leading the Russian delegation to China, said the program envisioned an increase in Russian-Chinese trade to $60 billion-$80 billion by 2010.
A Russian-Chinese commission, established to prepare regular meetings between the two countries' prime ministers, signed protocol envisaging further coordination of the program by relative agencies.
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