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Putin and Xi prepare to synchronize their watches

U.S. efforts to drive a wedge between Russia and China have failed

| Russia & Caucasus
Vladimir Putin, pictured in Saint Petersburg on Jan. 27: the Russian president will likely use the supportive atmosphere in Beijing to bolster his rhetoric. (Handout photo from Kremlin)   © Reuters

Danil Bochkov is a fellow at the Russian International Affairs Council in Moscow.

Russian President Vladimir Putin is scheduled to land today in Beijing, where he will attend the Winter Olympics opening ceremony as a special guest of Chinese President Xi Jinping.

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