Some observers predict Xi Jinping may wish to distance himself from Vladimir Putin as Russia’s invasion of Ukraine falters. Photo: TNS
Some observers predict Xi Jinping may wish to distance himself from Vladimir Putin as Russia’s invasion of Ukraine falters. Photo: TNS

Chinese leader Xi Jinping prepares for high-stakes meeting with Vladimir Putin on first trip abroad since start of Covid-19 pandemic

  • Xi’s visit to Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan also highlights the importance of Central Asia in Beijing’s geopolitical thinking
  • The meeting with the Russian president will attract intense scrutiny about how close the two sides remain given recent developments in the Ukraine war

Some observers predict Xi Jinping may wish to distance himself from Vladimir Putin as Russia’s invasion of Ukraine falters. Photo: TNS
Some observers predict Xi Jinping may wish to distance himself from Vladimir Putin as Russia’s invasion of Ukraine falters. Photo: TNS
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