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Xi Jinping to meet Putin in Vladivostok

CHINESE President Xi Jinping will meet his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin next week in Vladivostok during the Russian-hosted Eastern Economic Forum, China’s Foreign Ministry revealed today.

The meeting — their 25th bilateral already — will take place on Tuesday and Wednesday during Mr Xi’s working visit to the forum.

The visit is a sign of even closer ties between China and Russia that have been cemented by joint military exercises and co-ordination on foreign policy issues from Syria to North Korea.

China is sending 3,200 troops and about 900 weapons units this month to take part in the biggest Russian military exercises since the cold war.

Mr Xi’s attendance at the forum also coincides with outreach by Beijing to trade partners amid a tariff war with the United States.

Russia has in recent years surpassed Saudi Arabia as China's largest source of crude oil and Beijing also imports Russian gas and military equipment.

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