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China and Russia risk dividing world with political Olympics

Authoritarian strongmen 'bond' in Beijing as Ukraine crisis worsens

Chinese President Xi Jinping and Russian President Vladimir Putin attend talks along with other officials from the two countries, in Beijing on Feb. 4. (Pool photo/AP)

Chinese President Xi Jinping and his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, met on Feb. 4 just ahead of the opening ceremony of the Beijing Winter Olympics. The two leaders presented a common front on the issue of Ukraine, which has become the focus of international attention because of a potential Russian invasion.

Bringing an international political confrontation, one that could descend into a military conflict, to a festival of peace is a grave act.

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