Global Political Calendar: Xi's Russia visit, Trump's UK visit
Chinese President Xi Jinping visits Russia and attends St. Petersburg International Economic Forum, U.S. President Donald Trump makes a state visit to the UK and meets with Irish and French leaders, Theresa May resigns as leader of UK's Conservative Party, Kazakhstan presidential election.
Xi's first state visit to Russia since re-election
The Chinese President will visit Russia from June 5 to 7 and attend the 23rd St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF), at the invitation of Russian President Vladimir Putin, according to the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
As this year marks the 70th anniversary of the establishment of bilateral diplomatic ties, President Xi will hold a series of activities with President Putin, jointly attend events such as a gathering celebrating the 70th anniversary of the ties, and sign or witness the signing of some important cooperation documents.
As Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Zhang Hanhui noted, this is Xi's first state visit to Russia since his re-election as Chinese president, which will be a milestone in the development of bilateral relations.
On Xi's attendance of the 23rd St. Petersburg International Economic Forum, Zhang said the Chinese president will deliver a speech at the plenary session of the forum, expounding China's ideas on sustainable development, and working with all parties to advocate multilateralism and improve global governance for the common development and prosperity of the global village.
UK, U.S. to strengthen 'already close relationship'
Trump and his wife are set to arrive in the UK for a three-day state visit on Monday, following a four-day working visit in July 2018.
Although the state visit is much-delayed, outgoing PM May said the visit is a chance for the UK and the U.S. to strengthen their "already close relationship." Talks will cover areas such as trade, Brexit, security and defense.
Trump's arrival comes at a tricky time – Brexit deal still makes little progress and May is due to step down on Friday.
In an interview before heading to the UK, Trump said Britain should refuse to pay its 39 billion pound EU divorce bill and “walk away” from Brexit talks if Brussels does not give the UK what it wants.
Another question is whether Trump would meet any candidates who aim to succeed May. He has said the former foreign secretary Boris Johnson would be an excellent prime minister who would do "a very good job," but declined to say whether he supported Johnson in succeeding May.
The presidential couple will be treated to a display of British royal pageantry during the state visit: lunch with Queen Elizabeth, tea with heir Prince Charles, a banquet at Buckingham Palace and a tour of Westminster Abbey, the coronation church of English monarchs for 1,000 years.
Trump and May will also attend a ceremony in Portsmouth to mark the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings, the allied invasion of Normandy, France, during World War II.
Kazakhstan's new political era to begin
The Kazakh people will go to polls on June 9 to elect their country's new leader following the surprise resignation of Kazakhstan's First President Nursultan Nazarbayev in March.
Nazarbayev, 78, has been at the helm of the ex-Soviet republic for almost three decades. He will remain as the chair of country's security council and head of the ruling Nur Otan party.
There are seven candidates running the election, the largest number and most diverse group of contenders to participate in a Kazakh presidential election.
The poll suggests that the interim President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev is most likely to win the election.
Tokayev has served as Kazakhstan's foreign minister and prime minister. Fluent in English and Chinese, he has also worked as a deputy secretary general of the United Nations.
Monday: U.S. President Donald Trump makes a state visit to UK (to June 5), U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks at Dutch conference on entrepreneurship, Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras meets President Prokopis Pavlopoulos to discuss snap elections (to June 10).
Tuesday: Ukraine's President Volodymy Zelensky visits Brussels, European Council President Donald Tusk visits Gdansk in Poland.
Wednesday: Chinese President Xi Jinping visits Russia and attends St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (to June 7), U.S. President Donald Trump visits Ireland, Danish Parliament election.
Thursday: Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro meets Argentina President Mauricio Macri in Buenos Aires, EU Justice and Home Affairs Council meeting in Luxembourg (to June 7), U.S. President Donald Trump and his wife travel to France to meet with French President Emmanuel Macron.
Friday:Theresa May resigns as leader of UK's Conservative Party.
Saturday: A quiet day in politics.
Sunday:Kazakhstan's presidential election, Trade ministers of the G20 nations gather in the Japanese city of Tsukuba for a meeting.