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International relations

Xi, Putin signal unity against U.S. in joint statement

China urges peace talks in Ukraine, Moscow backs Beijing on Taiwan

Chinese President Xi Jinping, left, and Russian President Vladimir Putin during a signing ceremony at the Grand Kremlin Palace in Moscow.    © AP

TOKYO -- Chinese President Xi Jinping and Russian President Vladimir Putin issued a joint statement calling for deeper bilateral ties following their Tuesday summit, where they discussed issues including Ukraine and Taiwan.

At a joint news conference after the summit, Xi said China would continue to push for "peace and dialogue." He urged Moscow and Kyiv to resume peace talks, echoing their joint statement on deepening their countries' comprehensive and strategic cooperation.

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