Putin hopes to bolster ties with China

Russian President Vladimir Putin is in China this week to mark the opening of the Beijing Olympics. He also will meet with Chinese President Xi Jinping in the face of escalating western pressure.


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February 3, 2022 - 9:52 AM

Russia's President Vladimir Putin on June 7, 2021 in Moscow. (Sergei Ilyin/TASS/Zuma Press/TNS)

MOSCOW (AP) — American and European officials may be staying away from the Beijing Winter Olympics because of human rights concerns, but Russian President Vladimir Putin will be on hand even as tensions soar over his buildup of troops along his country’s border with Ukraine.

Putin’s talks with Chinese President Xi Jinping on Friday will mark their first in-person meeting since 2019 and are intended to help strengthen Moscow’s ties with China and coordinate their policies in the face of Western pressure. After, the two will attend the Games’ opening ceremony.

In an article published today by the Chinese news agency Xinhua, Putin wrote that Moscow and Beijing play an “important stabilizing role” in global affairs and help make international affairs “more equitable and inclusive.”

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