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Xi Jinping arrives in Russia to hold talks with Vladimir Putin on boosting ties amid US-China tension

Moscow: Chinese president Xi Jinping has arrived in Russia for talks focusing on expanding cooperation with Moscow just as tensions have flared up in US-China ties.

Xi Jinping spoke in Hong Kong on Friday. Reuters

File image of Chinese president Xi Jinping. Reuters

Russian president Vladimir Putin will greet Xi at a Kremlin dinner on Monday. Moscow and Beijing will sign dozens of agreements to deepen their cooperation during Xi's two-day trip.

Putin's foreign affairs adviser, Yuri Ushakov, described the current Russia-China relations as "the best in history." Before heading to Moscow, Xi warned President Donald Trump in a call on Monday that "some negative factors" are hurting US-China relations, as tensions soared over the sailing of a US destroyer within the territorial seas limit of a Chinese-claimed island in the South China Sea.

Trump, Putin and Xi will attend the Group of 20 summit in Germany later this week.

Published Date: Jul 03, 2017 22:05 PM | Updated Date: Jul 03, 2017 22:06 PM

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