Vladimir Putin and Xi Jinping pictured in Moscow in 2015. Xi has visited the Russian capital more than 20 times since coming to power. Photo: EPA
Vladimir Putin and Xi Jinping pictured in Moscow in 2015. Xi has visited the Russian capital more than 20 times since coming to power. Photo: EPA

Why Xi Jinping’s the man for me: Vladimir Putin highlights birthday party with ‘good friend’ from China as sign of growing closeness

Russian strongman’s account of how the pair ‘drank a shot and sliced sausages’ conveniently omits other leaders whose relationship with Moscow is more distant

Vladimir Putin and Xi Jinping pictured in Moscow in 2015. Xi has visited the Russian capital more than 20 times since coming to power. Photo: EPA
Vladimir Putin and Xi Jinping pictured in Moscow in 2015. Xi has visited the Russian capital more than 20 times since coming to power. Photo: EPA
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