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Observers hail Xi's Sochi trip

Updated: 2014-02-07 08:08
By Zhao Yanrong and Ren Qi ( China Daily)

Observers hail Xi's Sochi trip

President Xi Jinping's attendance at the opening ceremony of the Winter Olympics in Sochi reflects China's strong support for the Olympics and shows that it attaches great importance to the strategic coordination partnership between the two nations, observers said.

Russia was the first country that Xi visited after taking office in March, and the trip to Sochi marks the Chinese leader's first attendance at an international sports event outside China.

Mikhail Titarenko, director of the Russian Academy of Sciences Institute of the Far East, said these two "firsts" illustrate the importance of Sino-Russian relations.

Observers hail Xi's Sochi trip

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