Leaders of Russia and China to meet in Central Asian summit in a show of deepening cooperation


Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chinese President Xi Jinping are meeting for the second time in as many months on Thursday. They are traveling to Kazakhstan for a meeting of an international group created to counter Western alliances. Putin and Xi last met in May, when the Kremlin chief visited Beijing to underscore their close partnership, which is challenging the US-led democratic order and seeking to promote a more “multipolar” world. Now they will attend a meeting of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization in the Kazakh capital of Astana. A look at the summit:

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