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    MOSCOW, August 4 (RIA Novosti) -- During its regular meeting Thursday, the Russian government approved a Russian-Chinese agreement on the status of Russian military units temporarily deployed in China and Chinese military units temporarily deployed in Russia for joint military maneuvers.

    Russian Defense Minister Sergei Ivanov said the agreement stipulates that the military personnel will be permitted to stay on the territory of the respective countries according to approved lists rather than by foreign passports.

    The minister said the document would have to be signed by the Russian president first and later submitted for ratification.

    The Peace Mission-2005 joint Russian-Chinese military exercise will begin on August 18 and will last one week. Russia will deploy about 1,800 troops during the maneuvers.

    "We hope to continue conducting joint military exercises with China in the future," Ivanov said.

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