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Under Pressure From Trump, Putin and Xi Pledge Closer Ties

  • Russia joined by Chinese troops in biggest drills in 40 years
  • Vladivostok meeting is third one between leaders this year
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How Putin Became the Symbol of Russian Power

Chinese President Xi Jinping and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin pledged to bolster ties as Moscow stages its biggest military exercises since the height of the Cold War with Chinese participation. Both face pressure from the administration of U.S. President Donald Trump.

“We have a relationship of trust in the sphere of politics, security and defense,” Putin told Xi at the start of their talks. “We know that you personally pay great attention to the development of Russian-Chinese relations.”