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China and Russia see mutual benefit in closer ties as U.S. tensions rise

Beijing signals reservations over requests for military aid in Ukraine

Chinese President Xi Jinping, left, talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin in the Kremlin on March 20.   © Pool/Reuters

TOKYO -- With Chinese President Xi Jinping's state visit to Moscow, China and Russia are deepening their economic and security partnership as each faces growing tensions with the U.S.

Xi and Russian President Vladimir Putin met informally over dinner Monday for their first face-to-face talks since September in Uzbekistan, ahead of a summit on Tuesday.

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