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Putin ally visits China to discuss Ukraine and Taiwan

Security chief Patrushev arrives after Putin acknowledged Chinese 'concerns' about war

Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks with Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping on Sept. 16 at the Shanghai Cooperation Organization summit in Uzbekistan.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- A top Russian national security official visited China on Monday to discuss Moscow's war in Ukraine and the rising international tensions around Taiwan.

Nikolai Patrushev, secretary of the Russian Security Council and one of President Vladimir Putin's closest allies, met with top Chinese diplomat Yang Jiechi. They followed up on agreements made Thursday by Putin and Chinese President Xi Jinping at a regional summit in Uzbekistan, the council said.

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