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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Jiang Cancels Trip

BEIJING -- Chinese President Jiang Zemin canceled planned trips next month to Japan and Russia due to the raging floods in central and northeast China, the Foreign Ministry said Friday.

Both visits had been in the works for months.

Annual summits between Jiang and Russian President Boris Yeltsin have helped build up relations between Beijing and Moscow, Cold War rivals for the allegiances of the socialist world.

The Foreign Ministry said Jiang postponed the visits "due to the immensity of flood control and disaster relief efforts,'' the Xinhua news agency reported.