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Putin arrives in China amid global consternation over Ukraine war

Russian President Vladimir Putin was given a red-carpet welcome when he arrived in Beijing early Thursday to meet with Chinese leader Xi Jinping, with the pair expected to make a show of their close political and economic ties as they present themselves as the leaders of a world order that sits in contrast - and in opposition - to the one led by the United States.

China remains one of Russia's only remaining trading partners and diplomatic allies following Putin's invasion of Ukraine, and has become a critical economic lifeline as Russia copes with mounting Western sanctions. Putin arrived with a large delegation that includes Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, new Defense Minister Andrei Belousov, several deputy prime ministers and leaders of state-owned enterprises.

During his two-day visit, he and Xi are expected to emphasize their personal friendship and their shared objective of reshaping global power and ending the dominance of the United States in world affairs. Putin is also expected to meet Chinese premier Li Qiang, who is theoretically responsible for the country's economy.


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