Chinese, Russian presidents meet ahead of SCO summit
Updated: 2014-09-11 20:16
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Xi Jinping and Putin shake hands at a signing ceremony of a cooperation agreement between China and Russia Eastern Gas in Shanghai, May 20, 2014 file photo. [Photo/xinhuanet.com]
DUSHANBE - Chinese President Xi Jinping and his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, met here Thursday ahead of the 14th summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO).
It is the fourth meeting between the two leaders so far this year. Xi held talks with Putin in February before the Sochi Winter Olympic Games, and then in May during the fourth summit of the Conference on Interaction and Confidence Building Measures in Asia in Shanghai.
The two presidents met again in July in Brazil ahead of a summit of the emerging-market bloc of BRICS, which groups Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa.
Xi has held talks or met with Putin for nine times since he assumed the office of Chinese presidency in March 2013, which testifies to the high level and distinctiveness of China-Russia relations.
Both Xi and Putin will attend the 14th summit of the SCO slated for Thursday and Friday in the Tajik capital.