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Cautious friend Xi has present for Putin | Abroad

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Analysis – Russia and China are moving closer together

Peking – His self-proclaimed ‘friend’ Xi Jinping has a present for Vladimir Putin on Thursday. Beijing is hosting an online meeting of world leaders who have all declined to openly condemn him for Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. The Russian president will regret that the meeting is only online because a photo of the Russian president with his colleagues from Brazil, India, China and South Africa would be a slap in the face to the Western camp. But the message is also clear: Putin is no pariah in this company.

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