Xi departs Russia after 'new era' summit with Putin

Putin and Xi making a toast during a reception following their talks at the Kremlin in Moscow on March 21, 2023. - AFP

MOSCOW (AFP): Chinese leader Xi Jinping left Russia on Wednesday (March 22) after a summit with President Vladimir Putin that was a display of unity against the West, with no apparent signal of a breakthrough to end the fighting in Ukraine.

The nations, eager to curb Western power, expressed concerns about Nato expansion in Asia and agreed to deepen a partnership which has grown closer since Putin launched an offensive in Ukraine.

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