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International relations

China doubles down on Russia ties to offset US pressure

Xi denounces 'protectionism' as he and Putin agree to strengthen partnership

Chinese President Xi Jinping and Russian President Vladimir Putin shakes hands at a meeting in Moscow on June 5.   © Reuters

MOSCOW -- Chinese President Xi Jinping and Russian President Vladimir Putin agreed Wednesday to continue working to denuclearize North Korea and combat protectionist tides around the world, deepening their ties in the face of growing rifts with the U.S.

"Protectionism and unilateral approaches are on the rise, and a policy of force and hegemonism is increasingly taking hold," Xi said in a veiled attack against U.S. tariffs levied against Chinese exports at a joint news conference.

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