China’s Panda Diplomacy Comes to Moscow

Posted on June 6, 2019 1:58 pm

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Chinese leader Xi Jinping is on a three-day state visit to Russia aimed at underscoring Russian-Sino cooperation — and his close relationship with Russian President Vladimir Putin — in the face of strained relations with the United States.    “In the past six years, we have met nearly 30 times,” said Xi of the Russian leader.    “Russia is the country that I have visited the most times, and President Putin is my best friend and colleague,” added Xi.    While ostensibly timed to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic ties, the state visit comes as both