Russian president in China on two-day visit

Kremlin hopes visit will deepen a strategic partnership between two most powerful geopolitical rivals of US.

BEIJING (Reuters): Russian President Vladimir Putin arrived in Beijing early on Thursday for talks with counterpart Xi Jinping.

Kremlin hopes the visit will deepen a strategic partnership between the two most powerful geopolitical rivals of the United States.
China and Russia declared a “no limits” partnership in February 2022 when Putin visited Beijing just days before he sent tens of thousands of troops into Ukraine, triggering the deadliest land war in Europe since World War Two.
By picking China for his first foreign trip since being sworn in for a six-year term that will keep him in power until at least 2030, Putin is sending a message to the world about his priorities and the strength of his personal ties with Xi.
In an interview with China’s Xinhua news agency, Putin praised Xi for helping to build a “strategic partnership” with Russia based on national interests and deep mutual trust.
“It was the unprecedentedly high level of the strategic partnership between our countries that determined my choice of China as the first state that I would visit after taking office as president,” Putin said.
“We will try to establish closer co-operation in the fields of industry and high technology, space and peaceful nuclear energy, artificial intelligence, renewable energy sources and other innovative sectors.”

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