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Possible Xi-Putin Summit Comes at a Critical Time in Sino-Russian Ties

Fan Hongda is a professor at the Middle East Studies Institute of Shanghai International Studies University.

This week’s expected summit between Chinese President Xi Jinping and Russia’s Vladimir Putin comes at a delicate time for both countries:

?? With Russian forces now in retreat in portions of eastern Ukraine, President Putin needs to keep the Chinese on his side as a buffer against Western sanctions. China is Russia’s largest oil client and Chinese-led multilateral institutions like the Shanghai Cooperation Organization and the BRICS have proved essential to resist U.S. and European efforts to isolate Russia.

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