The Russian and Chinese leaders have met more than 40 times in recent years, fortifying personal and formal relations
A visit by China’s president, Xi Jinping, to Moscow this week has shone a light on his strengthening relationship with his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin.
The two leaders have met more than 40 times in recent years, growing increasingly familiar, and now refer to each other as “dear friends”. Xi has been described as a great friend by other world leaders before, including Robert Mugabe and Donald Trump, but doesn’t always reciprocate the compliment like he has with Putin.
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