Xi Jinping hails ‘deep friendship’ with Vladimir Putin as leaders meet in Beijing

Posted on AllSides October 18th, 2023
From The Center

China’s president Xi Jinping lauded record high trade with Russia and stressed his “deep friendship” with Vladimir Putin, as the two leaders met in Beijing to reaffirm a partnership that has grown steadily closer since the Ukraine war.

Meeting on the sidelines of a forum to celebrate 10 years of his flagship Belt and Road foreign policy initiative, Xi told Putin annual bilateral trade between their countries had reached a “historic high” of nearly $200bn.

“Over the past decade, from 2013 to the present, I have had 42 meetings with...

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