SAMARKAND, Uzbekistan – Xi Jinping and Vladimir Putin are meeting in an ancient Uzbek town on the Silk Road on Thursday to discuss the war in Ukraine, tensions around Taiwan and the deepening partnership between rising superpower China and the titan of the natural resources of Russia.
On his first trip outside China since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, Xi arrived in Central Asia on Wednesday, just a month before the Communist Party cemented its place as China’s most powerful leader since Mao Zedong.
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