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

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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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